NORTH OGDEN — A corn vendor who claimed he was shot and held up during a brazen daytime robbery Saturday actually accidentally wounded himself and then made up the crime because he was embarrassed, police said Wednesday.
The corn vendor, Dusty Moore, 30, faces charges of accidental discharge of a firearm and making a false report to police, said North Ogden Detective Sgt. Clark Crowther in a news release.
Police had been investigating Moore’s claims that he was shot during a robbery of his roadside corn stand at 1920 N. Washington Blvd.
After an investigation and a subsequent interview with Moore, it was determined that he accidentally discharged his firearm, inflicting a single gunshot wound to his lower back, Crowther said.
Moore was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Moore reported the robbery to save himself from embarrassment for accidentally shooting himself, Crowther said.
Police have also concluded that claims that Moore’s corn stand had previously been robbed this summer are false.
A Standard-Examiner reporter went Tuesday night to Moore’s West Weber home to ask him about the robbery and shooting.
A man who answered the door and did not identify himself said Moore had given a statement to police and had been advised not to talk about the incident.
Initially, it was reported that Moore’s corn stand was robbed at 11:42 a.m. Saturday, according to North Ogden police.
Police said at the time the suspect in the heist and shooting was a man between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and 190 pounds. The suspect appeared to be Hispanic and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, police said the victim told them Saturday.
A company named Nelsen Enterprises plans to hold a free, concealed firearms permit class from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Weber County Library’s North Branch, 475 E. 2600 North, in North Ogden.
Library officials said the company decided to conduct the class after it was initially reported that a shooting and robbery had occurred at Moore’s corn stand.