Sheriff James Campbell said Tuesday that Garrett Scott Curtis, 22, of Alto, was at orientation at Rusk State Hospital as a new employee and left around lunch time.
He said Curtis returned to the state hospital by himself about 12:30 p.m. with a gunshot wound. According to a news release, the wound was “to his shoulder or neck area.”
Rusk police initially responded to the scene and spoke with Curtis, who gave only limited information before Emergency Medical Services arrived, according to a news release.
Curtis agreed to speak to investigators once he was released from the hospital, a news release states.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said there were inconsistencies in Curtis’ account of what happened and evidence, which led them to believe the story may have been fabricated, according to a news release from the department.
On Thursday, Curtis allegedly told investigators he fabricated facts in his story and the wound he suffered was self-inflicted, the release states.
No charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.