SL man arrested for making false report to police in shooting case

Police believe Martin’s wounds to be self-inflicted

— Police arrest the Saranac Lake man for making a false report saying he was shot and robbed.

At 9 a.m. on Nov. 27, police arrested the victim, 55-year-old man William J. Martin of Saranac Lake. Martin was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident and making a punishable false statement. Both charges are class A misdemeanors.

“Information has developed that has led us to believe the incident didn’t pan out as it was reported to us,” Village Police Chief Bruce Nason said.

On Nov. 26 Nason said several sources who knew Martin helped them determine that the gun used in the crime, a .22 caliber rifle, which police found under the train trestle where Martin was shot, belonged to Martin.

As of Nov. 27, Nason could not say if police believe Martin’s wounds were intentional or accidental.

“All information we have developed supports it was a self-inflicted gun shot wound and that is all we can say at this time,” Nason said.

The charges against Martin stem from a Nov. 20 incident in which Martin called police at 6:45 p.m. and reported he had been robbed and shot by two white males wearing dark-colored parkas on the train trestle near Pine Street and Broadway.

Martin said the two suspects called to him by name and that a conversation ensued for a few minutes before one of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded the victim give him what money he had.

Martin reported he pushed the gun away and as he did, he was shot in the left shoulder area.

Martin was taken to Adirondack Medical Center and then to Fletcher Allen in Burlington for surgery. Nason said the bullet appeared to have missed any vital organs. Martin has since been released from the hospital and has returned to Saranac Lake.

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