Authorities in Los Angeles say a sheriff's deputy who claimed he had been shot by a sniper actually cut two fake bullet holes in his uniform with a knife and made the whole thing up.
Police launched a massive manhunt on Wednesday 21st August after Angel Reinosa called in to say he was pinned down by gunfire.
"I'm taking shots from the north of the Lancaster helipad, I'm hit in the right shoulder," said a frantic Mr Reinosa.
Mr Reinosa has now admitted fabricating the sniper fire and using a knife to cut two fake bullet holes in the shoulder area of his shirt.
It was not immediately clear why it took so long to notice that Mr Reinosa had not suffered any wounds.
Angel Reinosa was relieved of his duties after his admission.