Manhunt based on false report cost Vt. police $20,000
The Associated Press
WEST CHARLESTON, Vt. — The Vermont State Police says a four-hour search in West Charlestown launched after a man said he'd been shot by a stranger cost up to $20,000.
But Austin later told police he accidentally shot himself in the knee while target practicing behind his home.
Twenty law enforcement officers, including state police, game wardens, sheriffs deputies and Border Patrol agents, included four dogs and a Border Patrol helicopter, helped in the search.
State Police Lieutenant Tom Hanlon says police did the right thing.
Austin could face charges for making a false report.
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