A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who admitted to lying about being shot by a sniper outside the Lancaster station has been arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud and filing a false police report, authorities said Thursday.
Angel Reinosa, 21, was taken into custody at 2:30 p.m. after a traffic stop in Sylmar, the department said in a news release.
He faces two felony counts of insurance fraud and a misdemeanor count of filing a false police report, the department said.
The Sheriff’s Department said the insurance counts are related to worker’s compensation he received after he falsely reported being targeted outside the station.
Reinosa was a probationary employee and had been with the Sheriff’s Department for about a year when in August 2019 he said he was shot at from a nearby apartment building but that his vest had stopped a shot to his chest, authorities said.
The claim sparked a large law enforcement response as deputies searched for the gunman.
Reinosa later confessed to using a knife to cut two holes in his uniform and was fired from the department, authorities said.
The former deputy was booked into an L.A. jail and is being held on $80,000 bail, according to county inmate records.
His arraignment is scheduled for Friday.