NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The State Law Enforcement Division has filed charges against a former North Charleston police officer accused of shooting himself and then lying about it.
SLED charged Charles Edward Bullard Jr., 46, with misconduct in office and giving false information to law enforcement.
Court documents state Bullard shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide and then falsely reported two people engaged him in a physical confrontation which resulted in him being shot.
North Charleston Police Department Chief Jon Zumault said in early July, Bullard admitted he made up the story.
Both charges are misdemeanors. If found guilty on both charges, Bullard, a 15-year veteran of the department, could spend a little over a year in prison and be subject to $1,200 in fines.
The Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office will prosecute the case, which has been under investigation by SLED and the North Charleston Police Department.