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Man claims he was shot while hiking, then admits he shot himself, Brea police say

May 12, 2011 | 11:33 am

Sanaanariver A man who initially told police he was shot while walking along a bike trail in Yorba Linda later admitted that he accidentally shot himself, authorities said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, told police that he was walking on a trail on La Palma Avenue near the Santa Ana River shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday when he heard the popping sound of a small-caliber firearm, said Sgt. Jim Griffin, spokesman for the Brea Police Department.

“He said he immediately felt a pain in his leg and arm” and realized he had been shot, Griffin said.

The man managed to get to his car, which was parked nearby, and drove himself to a local fire station, where wounds to his arm and leg area were treated, Griffin said.

During the investigation, Brea police detectives said the man changed his story and admitted that he accidentally shot himself at his house, Griffin said.

It was unclear what the man was doing when he shot himself, and why he initially lied about the incident, he said.

The case is still under investigation, and it was still too early to say whether the man would face any charges, Griffin said.

“Detectives will review the case and make a determination with the district attorney,” he added.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: The bike trail along the Santa Ana River in Yorba Linda. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times