Officer Sherry Hall allegedly claimed she was shot by a black man last week while on patrol

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated September 27, 2016 11:55 AM
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A Georgia police officer is accused of fabricating a story of getting shot by a suspect she described only as a black man, prompting a search for the purported gunman.

On Friday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued warrants for Jackson police officer Sherry Hall’s arrest. Hall is charged with violations of oath of office, tampering with evidence and false statements, according to a GBI press release.

On Sept. 13, shortly after midnight, Hall radioed for help, allegedly claiming a black man had shot her when she approached him near a wooded area while on patrol, Jackson city officials tell PEOPLE.

She allegedly claimed the man became aggravated and shot her when she asked him what he was doing. She allegedly described him as 250 pounds, mentally disturbed and black, according to the press release.

Hall, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was rushed to an Atlanta hospital. She allegedly told authorities she did not engage her in-car video and audio equipment, according to the press release. But video and audio evidence from the hard drive of the unit and other evidence allegedly revealed inconsistencies with Hall’s statements, according to the press release.

Hall is currently in an unknown private facility, of her own accord, the GBI press release states. When she is released, she will be arrested and processed, according to the release.

It was not immediately clear if she has retained an attorney.

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After Manhunt, Mayor ‘Disappointed in Hall’s Actions’

At a press conference on Friday, investigators and prosecutors would not comment on whether they believe Hall shot herself, citing an ongoing investigation. However, they did reassure the community that there was no gunman at large and that they believe Hall acted alone.

During the manhunt following the Sept. 13 incident, Hall and her family spoke to local media, pleading for the purported gunman to turn himself in.

Jackson mayor Kay Pippin tells PEOPLE Hall joined the Jackson police department three months ago and has been a police officer for four years.

“We actually had been impressed with her work,” Pippin tells PEOPLE. “She had gotten to know members of the community, that’s one of the reasons everyone was so supportive.”

She added, “To say that I am disappointed in Hall’s actions is an understatement.”

Pippin says when she learned of the GBI’s suspicions about Hall, she was preparing to issue a reward for information leading to the purported gunman.

She tells PEOPLE Hall’s alleged fabrication is even more offensive given the current tensions in some cities between police and the black community.

“I don’t know why this officer did what she did, I don’t know why she chose who she chose to blame,” she says. “With the climate that’s going on in our country right now, our residents wanted [Hall] and the rest of the police department to know that we are so glad they’re protecting us and that we’re so thankful for them.”