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DNR Police: Bodkin Creek Kayaker Lied; He Actually Shot Himself

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PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)—It was all a lie. That’s what police with the Department of Natural Resources say about an incident in which a kayaker says he was shot by someone at a party on shore.

Rochelle Ritchie explains this is just the beginning of the bizarre story.

The kayaker remains in the hospital after he was found shot again when police tried to execute a search warrant.

Don’t believe the hype. That’s what DNR Police say about a kayaker who claimed he was shot while stargazing in Bodkin Creek on April 12.

“We’re leaning more toward that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound on that day,” said Sgt. Brian Albert, DNR.

Officers say 56-year-old David Seafolk-Kopp, of Reston, Va., told officers someone from a party on shore shot him while he was kayaking. He said he drifted for hours before finding his way back to the dock of the home he was visiting.

Anne Arundel County Police, alongside DNR officers, searched above and below the water looking for any evidence that would lead them to the triggerman.

Well, it turns out the victim was also the shooter.

“Just as any gunshot wound, it’s standard that they take gunpowder residue on his hands. They did a swab of his hands, and that takes some time to come back. We did get back a positive result from his hands,” Albert said.

The story turns more bizarre. DNR officials say when officers showed up to Seafolk-Kopp’s house to initiate a search warrant, he opened the door. It was evident that he had shot himself again–this time in the face and torso.

There is no word yet on the exact charges Seafolk-Kopp will face. Making a false report to police is certainly on the list.

“We’ll be working with Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney to determine if any charges are appropriate or not,” Albert said.

Seafolk-Kopp is in the hospital in critical condition.

Police say the man owns several guns that were confiscated.

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