Wendell Docteur Shoots Self While Biking, Blames Imaginary 'Gang': Cops

Biker Shot Self, Blamed Made-Up, Hoodie-Wearing Gang

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot -- or the leg, as the case may be.

Police say Wendell Docteur, 22, accidentally shot himself while riding his bicycle, then blamed it on a "gang" of six men dressed in hoodies, the Connecticut Post reported. He was arrested Thursday on charges of making a false statement, unlawful discharge of a firearm and failure to report a lost firearm.

Police say doctors at the Bridgeport Hospital notified them in May to report that they were treating Docteur for a gunshot wound. Officials say Docteur claimed he was riding his bike when six men showed up, their faces obscured by hooded sweatshirts, and asked for money before shooting at him.

Cops thought Docteur's story sounded suspicious, especially because they found a bullet exit hole coming from inside his pants. Eventually, they say, he broke down and admitted he was carrying a gun in his waistband, and it accidentally went off while he was riding.

Docteur is now out of jail on $10,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.

This isn't the first self-inflicted gunshot wound to get blamed on a nonexistent assailant. In May, a cop in Quebec accidentally shot herself in the leg while breaking up a party, but didn't realize the bullet came from her own gun.

The incident resulted in thirty people being held for questioning and spurred a ground and helicopter search involving two police forces before the officer realized she was the mystery shooter.

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