A police who last month said he had been shot during a pursuit
in the 19th District admitted yesterday that he made up the shooting.
Sgt. Robert Ralston, 46, of Walton Park said he was shot by a black male April 5. The subsequent investigation did not turn up a suspect who fit Ralston's description, and many inconsistencies -- including the lack of shell casings -- led authorities to question the claim.
Ralston now says he made up the story, and shot himself. He told officers he was shot by a black male "to be consistent with the environment he was in," Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Associated Press
. It's unclear why Ralston shot himself.
Ralston has been suspended with intent to dismiss, but will not face criminal charges in exchange for his confession.