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Man charged with making false report of crime

December 06, 1999

Charges have been lodged against a Hagerstown man who told police in November that he was shot in the leg in a struggle with a robber, Hagerstown City Police said Monday.

Lambert Horton, 24, of 34 N. Locust St., was charged Saturday with one count of false report of a crime, according to Lt. Gary Spielman. Horton was subsequently released from custody.

"We now believe the gunshot wound may have been self-inflicted," Spielman said Monday.

On Nov. 15, Horton told police he was sitting in his car at the rear of his home around 6:30 p.m. when a man approached and demanded money, police reports said.

As he was removing money from his wallet, Horton said the robber cocked the 9 mm handgun.

Horton said he tried to grab the weapon and it went off, wounding him in the upper left leg, police reports said.

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Police responded to Washington County Hospital after being notified that a gunshot wound victim was being treated there.

After an interview with Horton, police began looking for a white man wearing a dark shirt, jeans and a knit hat. No one was found.

- Marlo Barnhart

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