Charleston police on Thursday arrested a James Island teen accused of filing a false report this week when he explained how he received a gunshot wound to his foot.
Derrontae Holmes, 17, is being held at the Charleston County jail on the charge.
Police questioned Holmes at Medical University Hospital shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday after he showed up at the hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his right toe, an arrest affidavit for Holmes states.
According to the affidavit, Holmes told detectives the injury happened like this:
Holmes reported that he dropped his girlfriend off at her home on Ashley River Road early Tuesday.
As he walked back to his vehicle he spotted an unknown person hidden in the shadows about 30 feet away from him.
The person fired about three or four shots in his direction, Holmes reported. He heard another shot as he ran toward his vehicle, he said.
Holmes was hit in the foot and his vehicle was hit twice. Gunshot damaged to the engine caused the vehicle to stall out as he attempted to drive from the scene, Holmes said.
Holmes then called a friend who transported him to the hospital.
Detectives questioned several residents where Holmes said the shooting occurred, but according to the affidavit, none reported that they heard gunshots.
Investigators also determined that the angle of the bullet holes in the vehicle’s hood suggested that the gunman likely stood directly beside the front passenger door, was seated in the front passenger seat or was in an elevated position from a distance away, the affidavit states.
According to detectives, the shooting could not have taken place how Holmes described.
Holmes is being held at the Charleston County jail pending a bail hearing.
The incident remains under investigation, police spokesman Charles Francis said.
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