Police question man’s claim he was shot while jogging in local park

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The evidence doesn’t support the account of a Killeen man who claimed he was shot while jogging in a local park, and the victim is no longer cooperating, police said Friday evening.

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The man, whom police identified as a Fort Hood soldier, told officers he stopped to take a break while jogging in Long Branch Park at around 6:30 a.m. Friday when a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone fired three shots at him, striking him in the abdomen.

He said he was able to run to his nearby home from which his wife called 911.

He was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple where he was treated and then later released, police said.

“Killeen police officers and detectives continued to investigate and were able to determine that the available evidence did not support the victim’s account of the events,” police Commander Alex Gearhart said in an update Friday evening.

“The victim is no longer cooperating with the investigation. Detectives believe there is no credible threat to the public or city parks based on this case.”