MURRAY — A Murray man faces criminal charges after police say he reported a shooting at a local mall in an apparent effort to deter officers who were questioning him.

On Sept. 16, Murray police were dispatched to conduct a welfare check on a man who was spotted sleeping behind the wheel of a Chevy Tahoe. Officers had to knock on the window several times before Adam Roy Little, 34, of Murray, responded, according to charging documents.

Little gave the officers a different name but was unable to provide any ID, according to the charges. He then went inside a nearby residence so he said he could grab his driver’s license.

While Little was away, 911 dispatchers received a call from a man reporting “an active shooter” at Fashion Place mall.

“The caller stated he was in the parking lot and ‘these guys shot someone,’” according to charging documents.

Emergency fire and medial crews were sent to the mall but they found nothing. In the meantime, officers called back the phone used to report the shooting, the charges state, “and Little answered the phone.”

Little was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with emergency reporting abuse, a third-degree felony, and giving false information to a police officer, a class C misdemeanor.

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