CNHI News Service

A law enforcement officer accused of falsely reporting being shot is scheduled to have a jury trial Oct. 17 in Cleveland County District Court.

Christopher Wagner, 45, was charged with one count of false reporting of a crime. The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Wagner was scheduled Tuesday to appear before Special Judge Reginald Gaston and either enter a guilty plea or request a trial date, but that was pulled because a trial date was previously arranged.

Wagner is represented by Norman attorney Todd Kernal.

According to a court affidavit, "a law enforcement officer with access to the Moore Police Department frequency" on May 8 contacted a Moore police dispatcher by radio and said he was shot during a gun battle and in need of immediate assistance. He provided a rural location east of Norman, which led to a two-hour wild goose chase involving Moore and Norman police, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and other agencies.

The defendant said he was drinking at the time, "believed his mobile police radio was turned off, and did not realize that it had been turned on until he saw the media coverage the following day."

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