Sheriff: Kenny Miles filed false report
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Authorities say former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles shot himself in the arm last week in a parking lot, lied to officers and now will be charged with filing a false police report.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday that he will not speculate why Miles shot himself in the upper arm Nov. 4 and then lied to officers, saying he was robbed. Lott added there was no evidence anyone else was in the parking lot at the time or that other criminal activity was going on.
Miles issued a statement through his lawyer saying he made a mistake and that he was not involved in anything criminal. The statement does not say why Miles was handling the gun when he was wounded.
"I was scared and worried how my actions would be perceived. I only made matters worse by not telling the truth. I make no excuses for my behavior," Miles said in the statement issued by attorney Neal Lourie.
Lott says Miles remains under a doctor's care and will be charged when he recovers.
The sheriff says a gun found in Miles' trunk matched the bullet fired into his arm. Miles initially told deputies he was shot by a man who was trying to take his championship rings and money.
Deputies searched for hours for a possible gunman before Miles came clean and told them the truth, Lott said.
"We did a very intensive investigation -- wasted a lot of manpower, a lot of time," Lott said at the news conference in Columbia. "I hope the courts rule that he will reimburse the sheriff's department and the taxpayers of Richland County for the time and effort we put into it."
Miles, who spent most of his college career backing up star running back Marcus Lattimore, rushed for 1,341 yards on 315 carries with the Gamecocks. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice.
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