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Drake basketball player charged for lying about shooting that injured student

DES MOINES, Iowa. (WHO) – A Drake University men’s basketball player is being charged after police say he lied about a shooting that injured another student.

Tremell Murphy, 22, is charged with making a false report to law enforcement and accused of violating the city’s ordinance prohibiting the discharge of a firearm in city limits.

Des Moines Police were called the 1100 block of 27th Street in August for a report of an injured person.

Witnesses say the victim had fallen and struck his head. He suffered serious injuries.

Officers found a bullet hole in a wall near the suspect and determined the adjacent room belonged to Murphy.

Murphy told police he had a gun in his room, but insisted Miller was injured in a fall.

Police later found a shell casing in Murphy’s room.

Doctors then determined the victim’s injuries were caused by a gunshot.

Police say Murphy admitted to handling a gun in his room when it accidentally fired. He also admitted to withholding information from police.

In a statement, Drake University says Murphy was immediately removed from team activities.

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Leslie Stone

News Content Producer

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