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Fayetteville man charged after saying he was shot

Posted February 14, 2013 9:05 p.m. EST

— Cumberland County sheriff's investigators arrested a Fayetteville man Wednesday who told police he had been shot.

Authorities said Thursday that Michael Mauldwin, 21, of the 2500 block of Shadyside Lane, called 911 on Feb. 10, claiming that he fired upon the unidentified person after he was struck with a bullet.

Mauldwin told sheriff's deputies that he had been wearing a bulletproof vest at the time, and an investigation found that the round that hit him was fired by Mauldwin's own .380 handgun, the sheriff's office said.

A search of the grass line behind his home, where Mauldwin claimed the shot allegedly came from, also failed to turn up any evidence, authorities said.

Mauldwin was charged with filing a false report with law enforcement officers and misuse of the 911 communication system.

Authorities did not say why Mauldwin might have made up the story.