Cops: Woman made up shooting story at home of Montrose officer

The sister-in-law of a Montrose police officer made up a story about being shot by an intruder demanding guns, authorities allege.

Cindy Booth, 54, of Montrose, was issued a summons today on suspicion of false reporting after investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 32000 block of Raven’s Crest Drive. The probe highlighted inconsistencies between Booth’s story and evidence at the scene, Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said.

Lillard declined to specify those alleged inconsistencies.

The woman, who recently moved in to live with the family of a Montrose police officer along with his wife and children, told police that a stranger stormed into the home demanding access to guns in the home, Lillard said. She reported being grabbed by the hair in a bedroom and pulled out into a living room area. She said she was able to pull away before the suspect fired two shots from a revolver with one round causing a superficial wound in her upper right arm.

Lillard said she also gave a suspect description: 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing blue jeans and a black, hooded sweatshirt. He was reported to have a stubble beard.

The officer who lives at the home was on duty, working patrol. The officer’s family wasn’t home at the time.

“She called (officer) directly and says I’ve been shot,” Lillard said.

Booth was released Tuesday from Montrose Memorial Hospital and issued a ticket at the police department this afternoon after being interviewed. Lillard said he couldn’t say whether Booth admitted to lying.

Lillard the officer hasn’t sought a protection order against Booth.

“She’ll be living there again, as far as I know,” he said.


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