11/27/2014

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Sheriff: Teen actually shot self; woman actually stabbed self

SEATTLE -- A pair of Kitsap County residents have a little to learn about personal accountability this week after trying to pass off their self-inflicted bullet and knife wounds as the work of someone else, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a 16-year-old boy told his foster parents he had been shot in the stomach by an unknown person while getting off the school bus Monday morning.

The teen was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital for emergency care and arrested two days later after an investigation led the Sheriff's Office to conclude he had actually injured himself.

The teen had reportedly stolen a gun and ammunition from a family member's home and was in his foster family's garage trying to remove gunpowder from a bullet casing using pliers when the primer ignited and shot fragments of the shell casing into his stomach.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the injury was determined to be accidental and self-inflicted, and the teen was booked into Kitsap County Youth Services Center for investigation of making a false report.

In a separate incident on Wednesday afternoon, a 24-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center after she was reportedly stabbed by a stranger while walking near her Bremerton home.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, she told police a man approached her and asked for directions before stabbing her and running away.

Despite the woman describing her attacker, a police search didn't turn up any suspects, and an investigation later determined the woman was lying and had stabbed herself, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The woman was arrested Thursday and booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of false reporting and obstructing law enforcement.

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