VIDEO An Oregon man has been charged with making a false report about a mass shooting at a state park, authorities said.
Thomas Deering, 29, of Salem, was arrested Monday, and booked into the Lane County Jail on a count of false reporting of a crime, according to the Lane county sheriff’s office.
He faces up to five years in prison on the charge.
Deering told police that he was at the Rose Bowl in Portland, Oregon, to see a movie with friends, the sheriff’s statement said.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was walking along the parkway when he was confronted by people who tried to stop him from leaving, the statement said, citing Oregon State Police.
Deers claims that people on his left told him to get back to the parking lot because he was running a red light, the document said.
Deerers left and did not return, and when he returned, he saw people arguing over him, the police statement said — with Deering claiming that he had been stabbed.
He was unable to find anyone who could identify him, so he called 911.
The Oregon State Patrol said it was alerted to the call around 4 p.m. on Tuesday and called Deering to the scene.
Deering was questioned by authorities, and his DNA was found on a knife recovered from the scene, the AP reported.
Deeters arrest comes a day after a gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding at least 20 others.
Authorities said the suspect was wearing a military-style jacket.