Kenny Miles (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles shot himself.
Meanwhile, Miles is saying he made "a big mistake" by lying about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Lott updated the status of the case Tuesday afternoon, and also announced that Miles is being charged with filing a false police report.
Miles told deputies that he was shot in the forearm back on November 4th at a business park near Irmo.
USC Team Physician Dr. Jeffery Guy said Miles suffered a soft tissue injury because of the shooting.
Deputies initially said the shooting was a robbery; a day later, however, Sheriff Lott said he could no longer say what circumstances led to the shooting, but he did rule out robbery. Previous Coverage: Sheriff Says Miles Shooting Wasn't Robbery
Lott said evidence they uncovered and Miles's statements led them to that conclusion. Lott said Tuesday that ballistic evidence showed that the bullet was fired from Miles's gun.
Lott would not speculate on why Miles shot himself. He said he hopes Miles will have to reimburse the county for the resources used to investigate the false lead.
Miles released the following statement through his attorney:
"Last week I made a big mistake by not being up front about how the shooting occurred. I was not involved in any criminal activity. However, I was scared and worried how my actions would be perceived. I only made matters worse by not telling the truth. I make no excuses for my behavior.
"I would like to apologize to: Sheriff Leon Lott and the entire Richland County Sheriff's Department; my employer, The Office of the Attorney General; my team mates and coaches; The University of South Carolina Community; friends; family; fans; and anyone else that I've disappointed.
"I appreciate the support and prayers of the Gamecock Nation. I want you to know that I do not take your support lightly or for granted. I only hope that you will forgive me and allow me to earn your trust back over time."
Miles was on the Gamecocks' roster from the 2008 to the 2012 season. His final game was the Outback Bowl back on New Year's Day.
He graduated in 2012 with a degree in criminal justice. He's been working since the summer for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office as a support clerk, where he works with community outreach and youth mentoring.
Miles is on unpaid medical absence from that position.