A man who claimed last week that he was shot in the leg while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has changed his story and now says the shooting occurred outside the park.
Sanford Lethco, 29, of Sevier County, "confessed to park investigators that the gunshot wounds he received to his leg on Friday, September 7, were sustained in an incident occurring outside of the park boundaries, in Sevier County," the park announced Monday.
Mr. Lethco sustained and was treated for two gunshot wounds to the lower leg, wounds that he originally claimed to have received while hiking in the park, off trail, in the Cosby area, park officials said. He was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated, and later released, for his injuries.
The matter now is being handled by the Sevier County sheriff's department.