Lance Wright, a 22-year-old guard with Bravo Three Security, called 911 at about 3:50 a.m. on April 5 and reported that he pulled over on Woodside Avenue near Highway 67 when a red Suburban came up behind him and flashed its lights. As the SUV passed, someone inside fired several shots at him, Wright told sheriff’s investigators.
“We were able to determine that the incident did not occur,” sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Scott Enyeart told reporters Thursday. “It was staged and Mr. Wright shot his own weapon at his own car.”
When confronted with the discrepancies between his story and evidence, Wright eventually confessed to his deception. The Lakeside resident admitted Wednesday during questioning that he lied, Enyeart said.
Investigators have not determined why Wright made up the story, but they believe that a similar drive-by shooting incident that he reported in February was also fabricated, Enyeart said.
Wright has not been arrested, but the case has been forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for evaluation, Enyeart said.
Wright could be charged with a variety of crimes, including negligent discharge of a firearm, planting evidence, filing a false police report and felony vehicle vandalism, Enyeart said.