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Pastor Said He Was Robbed and Shot While Trying to Help a Family in Need on the Side of the Road — but the Story Quickly Took a Surprising Turn


"The man was pointing the gun right at the center of my chest. I deflected the gun, grabbed his wrist and snapped it."

A pastor who told police last week that he was robbed and shot Thursday while trying to help a family in need was arrested the next day for allegedly filing a false police report.

Pastor George Hunley, 53, had told officers that he stopped to help a "bi-racial" family comprised of a man, a woman and an infant, on the side of the road in Louisa County, Virginia, when he noticed they were having car problems, but said he was robbed and shot twice by the man, WTVR-TV reported.

"And he had his hood up, and he was waving his arms for me to stop. And assumed they were broke down so I pulled over to help them," Hunley originally said of the incident, according to WRIC-TV, claiming that things quickly took a nasty turn. "The man was pointing the gun right at the center of my chest. I deflected the gun, grabbed his wrist and snapped it."

Hunley said that he believed he had broken the gunman's arm, but police with Louisa County Sheriff’s Office say that they couldn't find a blue Taurus or a family fitting his description.

They also said that there was no blood in his vehicle, so police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the pastor's wounds to figure out what really happened.

Hunley was treated at University of Virginia Medical Center for two leg wounds and was released before his arrest, the Free Lance-Star reported.

A statement on a Facebook page for the sheriff's office published on Friday said Hunley was "charged with knowingly giving a false report of a crime to law enforcement with the intent to mislead."

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"During the course of the investigation of this incident the victim, George Hunley, had advised several law enforcement officers that a checkbook/wallet containing his identification and credit cards was handed over to his alleged assailant during the alleged armed robbery," the statement reads. "The checkbook/wallet was located by detectives of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office during a search of the vehicle George Hunley had stated he was driving at the time of the incident."

But the pastor is sticking by his story.

A court date has been set for February 17 and Hunley, who faces a single charge for falsely summoning a police office, is out on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond, WTVR-TV reported.

The investigation into the incident continues.

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