A man who told police in March that someone shot him in the throat with an arrow actually fell on the arrow, police now say.
The injured man, 61-year-old Michael Downey, is now charged with filing a false report of a felony and was arraigned Friday, June 1 in Van Buren County District Court.
Downey on March 25 told state police that he was walking in woods in Almena Township when someone shot him with an arrow. He underwent surgery and was in the hospital for a period because of the wound.
Police began a search for the person who shot the arrow.
Detectives said they spent numerous hours investigating the case before Downey finally admitted that he lied.
Police on Friday said the truth was that Downey found an arrow in the woods and was carrying it when he accidentally fell. The arrow stabbed him in the throat.
Detectives think Downey made a false report because he was embarrassed about what happened.
“The (state police) spent a considerable amount of time and utilized numerous resources such as the MSP lab and K9 during the investigation. The MSP has submitted paperwork to the court requesting restitution for the costs of these services,” police wrote in a release about the charge against Downey.