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Police: Pineville Cop Who Claimed To Be Victim Of Ambush Actually Shot Himself

Pineville, LA – A Pineville police officer who claimed he was shot during an ambush attack on Sunday night actually fired a bullet into his own leg and lied about the incident, according to his department.

Pineville Police Officer John Michael Goulart, 25, initially claimed that he came under fire as he was stepping out of his patrol vehicle at a shopping center near Donahue Ferry Road and Military Highway at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 20, Town Talk reported.

Officer Goulart was shot once in his leg, and a second round struck the rear door of his patrol car, the department said in a press release on Monday morning.

His wound was not life-threatening.

“There were shots fired at the officer,” Pineville Police Department (PPD) Public Information Officer Deputy Chief Darrell Basco told KALB on Monday. “The officer didn’t return fire on anybody. He was exiting the patrol vehicle at the shopping center whenever he was ambushed by an unknown person at this time and two shots were fired. One striking him, and the other hit the vehicle.”

Investigators later determined that Officer Goulart shot himself, hid his weapon, and lied about what had transpired, KALB reported.

“The investigation of a Pineville Police Department officer being shot on Sunday night is closed,” Chief Basco said in another press release on Tuesday evening. “The investigation led to a determination that the officer shot himself, concealed and altered the facts.”

Officer Goulart was arrested on charges of malfeasance in office and criminal mischief on Tuesday evening, and was released on $10,500 bond less than an hour later, according to Town Talk.

He has been placed on administrative leave, but it is unclear whether or not he is still receiving a pay check.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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