Illinois Teen Arrested For Shooting Himself In The Arm ‘To Get Attention’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Police arrested an 18-year-old in Antioch, Ill., Wednesday for allegedly shooting himself in the arm and telling police he was the victim of a drive-by shooting.

Colin Henderson was charged with three felony offenses, including filing a false police report, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner identification card.

“Henderson went to great lengths to minimize his injuries and fabricate an elaborate story to tell police,” said Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at Henderson’s home of Nov. 25.

He told police “he had been shot in his arm by an unknown subject who had driven away in a 1990s blue Ford Taurus-style vehicle.”

Henderson was hit in the left triceps, according to the police report. He was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Medical personnel called it a non-life threatening injury.

At the hospital, Henderson gave contradictory information to investigators, according to the report.

“After Henderson was released from the hospital,” the reports says, “he provided a post-Miranda statement in which he admitted to shooting a .22 Jennings pistol outside his apartment and then going into his bedroom and shooting himself in the left triceps to get attention. Henderson did not shoot himself in an effort to end his life.”

Authorities found a .22 Jennings pistol and ammunition inside Henderson’s home.

“We tried everything to prove the case, but all the evidence was leaning toward this did not happen the way it was being reported,” Somerville said. ”Confronted with the evidence, Henderson confessed to the lie, and said he did it as a way to convince family members that someone was trying to kill him so they would feel sorry for him and continue to support him.”

Held on $25,000 bond, Henderson is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3.

Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, The Blaze