Man lies about being shot in Florida forest, deputies say

Suspect's injury was self-inflicted

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man lied about a shooter being on the loose after he was found in Tiger Bay Forest suffering from what was later determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they responded to a report of a shooting before 4 p.m. Tuesday near Bear Island and Gopher Ridge roads.

Colon Woods, 30, initially told authorities that an unknown assailant shot him in the leg then fled, prompting a manhunt in the wooded area, the report said. Although Woods was asked several times whether the injury was self-inflicted, deputies said it wasn't until later that he admitted the story was fabricated.

At that point, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and K-9, Air 1 and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were told to call off the search for the shooter.

Woods was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center as a trauma alert. Deputies said they are continuing to investigate and it's possible Woods could face charges.

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Adrienne Cutway

Adrienne Cutway joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.

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