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Alleged fibber arrested after robbery, shooting in Sumter

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/25/19

A Sumter man is in jail after allegedly lying to the police about being the victim of a shooting when he may have been shot while committing an armed robbery by the victim of the robbery.

Details of the moments leading up to Frankie Furman's …

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Alleged fibber arrested after robbery, shooting in Sumter

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A Sumter man is in jail after allegedly lying to the police about being the victim of a shooting when he may have been shot while committing an armed robbery by the victim of the robbery.

Details of the moments leading up to Frankie Furman's treatment at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital became clearer as Sumter police officers investigated his claim that he was shot while in the Manning Avenue area near Atlantic Avenue on Tuesday.

Officers could not find evidence to corroborate Furman's story and determined that no shots had been fired at that location, said Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for Sumter Police Department.

About 30 minutes before being called to visit Furman - who was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the upper body - at the hospital, officers responded to a call of shots fired in the Manchester Road area.

Two women in the area said they were robbed at gunpoint after a man pulled up behind their vehicle while they were parked in the driveway of a residence, McGirt said. The man reportedly told the women to hand over their purses and jewelry.

After responding and fearing for their safety, McGirt said, one of the women retrieved a legally owned handgun that was inside the vehicle and fired it in the direction of the robber, who then drove off.

Officers were able to connect a vehicle that was seen in the Manchester Road area after the initial emergency call and a description of the robber back to Furman, she said.

Furman was booked at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center after he was treated and released and is awaiting bond. He is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and filing a false police report.

McGirt said three separate calls Tuesday evening led to Furman's arrest.