Sheriff: Miles shot himself, will be charged

Published: Nov. 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM EST
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Kenny Miles
Kenny Miles

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles shot himself and will be charged with filing a false police report, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday.

Miles was found on November 4 lying in the doorway of his vehicle in a business park near Irmo. He had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. The 23-year-old told authorities that he had been the victim of an attempted robbery.

Lott says the investigation proved Miles' story was made up.

"We have recovered his gun from the trunk of his car that our ballistics has proved to be the one that shot him in the arm," said Lott. "We've recovered the round that we believe went though his arm."

"Kenny Miles is now cooperating with us," said Lott. "His gunshot wound was self-inflicted."

"Once he is physically able, we will serve a warrant on him for filing a false police report and he will be arrested and charged with that crime," said Lott.

"There's no evidence at this point that anyone else was present," Lott said. "The gun has been recovered."

Lott dismissed the notion that any other criminal activity was taking place when Miles' .357 caliber revolver discharged.

The sheriff said he hopes the courts rule that Miles is responsible for paying the department back for its time and effort in investigating the false robbery report.

Lott said Miles is being represented by local attorney Neal Lourie.

According to an incident report, Miles told a Richland County Sheriff's deputy he was driving his car when he was shot. He did not know who shot him, the report stated. He did say the person who shot him was a white man in his late 30s or early 40s and was wearing a long sleeve work shirt and khaki pants.

Lott said his department's investigation along with some sort of confession from Miles later proved the robbery angle to be false.

South Carolina team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy said Miles sustained a soft tissue injury. Miles has been released from the hospital, but is still under doctor's care.

Miles played in all 13 Gamecock football games in 2012. The tailback was third on the team with 359 rushing yards on 104 carries.

As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Miles led the team in rushing with 117 carries for 626 yards.

For his career, he rushed for 1,341 yards on 315 carries, including four 100-yard rushing games. Two of his five touchdowns came in the 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

Miles graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice.

In March, Miles took part in Washington Redskins rookie camp, but is not currently listed on the team's roster.

He had been working as a support clerk at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office since August until requesting a 30 day medical leave shortly after the shooting.

"Kenny Miles remains on unpaid status until this matter is resolved," said spokesperson Mark Powell.

Powell said Miles was working with community outreach and youth mentoring.

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