Police say Philly-area officer’s shooting was hoax

    Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a reported shooting of a police officer during an early morning traffic stop was a hoax.

    Police and prosecutors in Bucks County allege that Chalfont police officer Jon Cousin staged the episode himself.

    Cousin told dispatchers that he was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a swim club at about 3:15 a.m. Monday.

    But District Attorney David Heckler told reporters during a news conference last night that evidence at the scene didn’t support the story, and bullet casings didn’t match the fragment found in the officer’s vest.

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    Heckler said Cousin was arrested and faced charges including making false reports to police; a listed number for him could not be found yesterday and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

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