Cherokee Co. SO: State hospital employee's gunshot wound 'self inflicted'

RUSK, TX (KTRE) - After detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office talked with the Rusk State Hospital employee that was shot during his lunch break Tuesday, they determined that Garrett Scott Curtis' gunshot wound was "self inflicted."

"Due to numerous inconsistencies in the victim's account of the incident and evidence which has been collected, detectives were led to believe that the incident might have been staged and/or parts if not all of Mr. Curtis' story had been fabricated," a press release from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office stated.

During the CCSO detectives' interview with Curtis Thursday, February 28, 2013, Curtis admitted that he had fabricated the facts of the incident, and that "the gunshot wound which he had suffered was in fact self inflicted." The press release stated that no criminal charges are being sought against Curtis at this time.

After the shooting, a CCSO detective spoke with Curtis brief at the hospital. However, the interview was cut short due to the medications that Curtis was on.

"The victim made statements to several people prior to the shooting, that he had been in an altercation with some individuals from another county in the past week, and this shooting was in direct retaliation to that altercation," Captain John Raffield, of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office , said Wednesday.

Curtis was attending a new employee orientation program of the Rusk State Hospital in Rusk on Tuesday. According to investigators, Curtis left, saying he was going to get lunch. He later drove himself back to the hospital with a gunshot wound in his upper body.

CCSO deputies spent Wednesday morning searching for a location on Highway 110 where Curtis told them the shooting took place. Officials were unable to find the exact location. In addition, they were looking for a silver dual-wheeled pickup truck.

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