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Charges: Man shot self, lied about it, then busted for drug operation

This situation unfolded in Nicollet in southern Minnesota.

A man who falsely reported that he'd been shot by someone led police to an unexpected drug bust in southern Minnesota.

According to a press release issued by the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to 44225 County Rd. 15 in Nicollet at 2:24 a.m. on June 28 to assist a man claiming to have been shot by someone. 

On the scene, Cullan David Franzen, 29, was found with a gunshot wound to his leg and finger. Franzen said someone shot him when he went outside to see about a noise he heard coming from near his vehicle.

Police searched Franzen's property for a gunmen but only found traces of blood in the garage. 

Meanwhile, medical staff determined that Franzen's injuries were consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, so police obtained a search warrant and in scouring through his property they found a gun, a shell casing and a bullet inside Franzen's vehicle.

The search also turned up several pounds of marijuana, growing equipment and cash. 

Franzen has been charged with fifth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession, both felonies, in addition to a misdemeanor charge for falsely reporting crime and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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