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WOUNDED MAN FACES CHARGES IN REPORT OF SHOOTING

A Mapleton Road resident is facing charges after making what authorities said was a false statement to law enforcement officers about being shot Wednesday.

George Shearman, 50, called emergency personnel saying a man between the ages of 50 and 55, with short gray hair and a mustache, approached him and asked "Do you remember me?" before shooting him in the shoulder with a 9mm handgun on Mapleton near Shawnee roads.

But the story was a hoax, investigators said. Shearman accidently shot himself in the shoulder and was too embarrassed to admit it, said Chief Criminal Investigator Bruce Roth of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department.

"There's no gunman out there," he said. "He was too embarrassed, too ashamed or too stupid" to admit his mistake when he called the incident in to police, he said.

Shearman was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition late Wednesday.

Roth said that by calling in a false incident, Shearman could face some serious charges.

At least a dozen members of the State Police responded, along with members of the Sheriff's Department and a local fire company who directed traffic, said Roth.

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