Man shot in throat with an arrow arraigned for filing a false report

Man shot in throat with an arrow arraigned for filing a false report. (WWMT/Courtesy Janis Downey)

Michigan State Police reported a man who was shot in the neck with an arrow by an unknown suspect on March 25 made the story up.

MSP released the findings of their investigation on Friday and said that Michael Downey, 61, was arraigned in Paw Paw for filing a false report of a felony.

Troopers said that Downey admitted that he lied about the incident. Investigators said he injured himself with the arrow on accident and was embarrassed about the injury.

Downey told Newschannel 3 and MSP that he was walking in the woods collecting antlers when the arrow went into his throat in near County Road 653 in Van Buren County. He said he drove several miles to get help.

MSP searched the area with K-9 units and were unable to locate another person. At one point during their investigation they suggested it was a possible suicide attempt, but Downey persisted that it was someone else.

"I'm not that person. I have too much to live for. I love the outdoors. The place most people call hell, I call home," he said in an interview with Newschannel 3.

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