Cops: Shooting story a lie

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 on suspicion of false reporting after an investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 3200 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 around 1:30 p.m., demanding access to guns, 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, blue jeans and a black, hooded sweatshirt.

He was reported to have a stubbly beard.

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

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

Booth was released Tuesday from Montrose Memorial Hospital and issued a ticket at the police department Wednesday after being interviewed.

Lillard said he couldn’t say whether Booth admitted to lying, or if police believe the woman intentionally shot herself.

The officer hasn’t sought a protection order against Booth, Lillard said.

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


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