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Gun story in Marseilles was allegedly a farce

Posted by wlpo on August 14, 2016

What would make someone file a false police report? A Marseilles man is accused of making up a story where he fought off a gunman.

While pumping gas at the Marseilles Shell station on August 5th, 46-year-old James Despain of Marseilles says a guy approached him asking for help. When they went to the side of the gas station, Despain told police the guy pointed a gun at him. Despain claimed to punch the gunman, knocking him down.

After interviewing witnesses and checking surveillance video, officers say the ordeal was made up. Despain was arrested Thursday for the felony of filing a false police report. He came up with a thousand dollars bond the next day and is out of jail.

Despain is due back in court September 1st.

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