South Dakota man is currently in custody after telling
police officers he was shot in the penis by a “black guy” when he
actually shot himself while attempting to purchase a gun illegally.
Convicted felon Donald Anthony Watson, 43, was admitted to a
local emergency room late at night on Sept. 6 for a gunshot wound to
his penis, and told local law enforcement that he had been shot during a
According to the arrest report, Watson said he was shot by
“a black guy (who) tried to rob” him while he was taking out the trash
at his apartment.
Pressed by police, Watson admitted that he made the story up
and was looking at a handgun he was thinking about buying and placed it
in his pocket where it went off, with the bullet hitting his genitals.
Watson — who refused to tell police where the gun
disappeared to — has been charged with possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a drug offender, and two
counts of false reports to law enforcement.
Can they do that, charge him with possession of a gun that has disappeared ?