March 2, 2008 in City

Officials say man avoided work by having friend shoot him

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

PASCO, Wash. – What happened to faking a cough?

Sheriff’s detectives in Franklin County say a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn’t have to go to work.

When he first spoke with deputies, Daniel Kuch, of Pasco, told them he’d been the victim of a drive-by shooting while he was out jogging Thursday. But detectives told KONA radio that Kuch later acknowledged that he had asked his friend to shoot him so he could get some time off work and avoid an upcoming drug test.

The friend, Kurtis Johnson, of Burbank, has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. Kuch was booked into the county jail and is expected to be charged with false reporting.

Detectives declined to say where Kuch works or whether he still has a job. It wasn’t known if he had obtained a lawyer.

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