Bus Driver Shot Himself, Made Up Story That His Bible Stopped Bullets in ‘Hate Attack’ by ‘3 Black Men’
An Ohio bus driver who claimed that three black men shot him in a “hate attack” but his Bible stopped the bullets lied, according to Dayton police.
In February, 49-year-old Rickey Wagoner claimed that three black men assaulted him outside of his bus but two of their bullets were stopped by a Bible in his pocket, though he was shot in the leg and stabbed in the arm.
Wagoner also told police he pried the gun away from the “assailants” and shot at the men as they ran. He even went as far as to say that he thought it may have been a gang initiation.
In the 911 call, Wagoner says “I’ve been hit in the leg. My chest feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.”
He later told police that one of the suspects said to another that he must “shoot a polar bear…if you want to be all the way in the club.”
Of course, that was all a lie.
Police Chief Richard Biehl said “this assault, as reported, is not true, not accurate.”
Police reportedly did ballistic tests and found that it wasn’t possible that the bullets didn’t pass through the book. Biehl also said that the only DNA at the scene was Wagoner’s and his injuries “weren’t consistent with defensive wounds.”
Wagoner even left a blue bandana at the scene but police found that the only hair on the bandana were dog hairs. A surveillance video did not catch the incident but recorded five shots being fired when Wagoner said that three shots had been fired.
Wagoner is now under investigation by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and has been charged with violating employee standards.
No criminal charges have been filed as of now.