Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Officer Christopher Russo Arrested After Lying About Being Stabbed
A police officer was arrested after making up a story about being ambushed and stabbed by two black males. According to reports by WSB-TV, Clayton County Police Officer Christopher Russo filed a false report with police in McDonough, Ga.
Russo told officers he walked into a burglary in progress at an apartment complex while off duty. He said two men ambushed, punched and peppered sprayed him then cut him with a knife. In the police report, he said the two men sounded like black males.
McDonough police investigated the scene and realized that it was highly unlikely that a burglary took place. After Georgia Bureau of Investigators questioned Russo, he confessed and told them he made the story up and stabbed himself.
Without proper police work, two innocent black males could have been arrested and charged with the assault and stabbing of a police officer.
Russo was arrested on charges of false report of a crime, a misdemeanor and making false statements. He has since been released on bond.