Former police officer arrested for falsely claiming badge stopped bullet

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A former North Las Vegas police officer who said his badge stopped a bullet in a shootout has been arrested for allegedly making the incident up.

Police said 31-year-old Bryan Kolstad was booked into jail Tuesday on suspicion of making a false report and discharging a weapon where someone might have been in danger.

Police say Kolstad claimed he was investigating gunfire and was shot, then returned fire and hit a suspect. Police say Kolstad said his badge stopped the bullet.

Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says investigators found no evidence of a suspect, and forensics showed the hole in Kolstad's badge was made using a screwdriver.

Kolstad resigned in April after more than seven years with the department.