A former security guard who fabricated a story about being shot at while driving through Santee has been booked into the San Diego Central Jail. Defendant Lance Wright initially contacted members of the SDPD three weeks ago. He told officers he had been patrolling an area near Gillespie Field when a car of unknown men drove up toward his vehicle and opened fire. The vehicle was described as being a red Chevy Suburban. An accurate description of the suspects was not available.
Wright said his car was damaged in the exchange. Detectives visited him at his home several days later in order to perform a follow up interview. It was at that time that Wright admitted to fabricating the story. He also said he was the one who shot his car because he needed proof to back up the incident report. SDPD officials said they were very skeptical about the story from the beginning. Security guards are infrequent targets for random acts of violence, they said.
The defendant said he made up the story because he no longer wanted to work as a security guard. He believed this would give him an excuse to quit his job. Wright’s former company, Bravo 3 Security, has since let him go.
The defendant is being held at the San Diego Central Jail and faces numerous charges. These reportedly include filing a false police report, vandalism and shooting at a vehicle. His bail has been set at $20,000. Wright is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.