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A 61-year-old man was arrested after falsely reporting someone shot him in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, authorities said.

Police have charged Damon Middleton, of Greenwood, South Carolina, who went to a local hospital with a gunshot wound after an investigation determined the wound was self-inflicted, the department said in a statement.

Middleton is charged with filing a false police report, unlawful carry of a weapon, and simple possession of marijuana, the department said. Yolanda Dale Middleton, 56, of Greenwood, faces an obstruction of justice charge in connection to the case.

Officials said around 10 p.m. Tuesday night a 61-year-old man, later identified as Damon Middleton, arrived at Grand Strand hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand. Police said that Damon Middleton led officers to believe that he was the victim in a shooting incident that occurred in the area of 8th Avenue South and Yaupon Drive.

Further investigation determined that Damon Middleton's wound was self-inflicted.

The investigation remains active.

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