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I-Team: Officer Who Claimed Badge Stopped Bullet Arrested for False Report | Crime

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I-Team: Officer Who Claimed Badge Stopped Bullet Arrested for False Report
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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A former North Las Vegas police officer who claimed his badge stopped a bullet now stands accused of making the whole thing up and endangering the public.

Former officer Bryan Kolstad turned himself in Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges related to his story. According to a police report, in February of this year, Kolstad claimed an unknown black man shot at him as he investigated gunshots coming from a North Las Vegas apartment complex. Kolstad claimed his badge stopped the bullet and that he returned fire, striking the suspect in the shoulder.

Read the police report against Bryan Kolstad

After an exhaustive investigation, according to the report, investigators found no witness or forensic evidence to back up his story. A lab in Texas concluded the damage to his badge was not consistent with a gunshot. Instead, the experts suggest it had been struck with a phillips head screwdriver.

When confronted with these doubts, the report notes Kolstad stuck to his version of events, and then ended the interview after about 40 minutes.

"There were people who said, 'How can you question a police officer? He said this happened.' We have to do that. That's part of our responsibility as an agency to the public that they know that their police officers are policed," said NLVPD Sgt. Tim Bedwell.

Kolstad faces two gross misdemeanor charges -- false report by a public officer and discharging a weapon where others might be endangered. A judge released him this morning on his own recognizance.

His attorney says he cannot comment yet because he hasn't seen the police reports.

The report suggests Kolstad may have been trying to get his wife's attention as the two were having marital problems. However, according to the affidavit, his wife denies making the statements that could lead to that conclusion.

Kolstad resigned from the department in April after he received two traffic citations in connection with a hit and run accident.

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