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Police: Upstate college student arrested for falsely reporting shooting

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Car window shot out (Source: Pam Tatham) Car window shot out (Source: Pam Tatham)
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Catherine Greissinger (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Catherine Greissinger (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg police said a 20-year-old woman was arrested Friday after investigators determined she falsely reported that someone had shot at her car.

On July 24, Catherine "Cadie" Greissinger said she was driving on a route she travels often when something shocking happened.

The Spartanburg Police Department said around 10 p.m., they were called to City Hall on West Broad Street to meet with Greissinger, who said she was driving past the Beacon on John B. White Senior Boulevard when she saw a "bright flash" on the driver's side of her vehicle.

The police report states that a few blocks down the road, Greissinger's window had been shot out.

Officers said at the time that the damage appeared to have been caused by bird shot, shattering the window and leaving multiple holes in the vehicle's door pillar.

Greissinger, an Upstate college student, was not hurt.

Pam Tatham, Greissinger's mother, said after the shooting her daughter's boyfriend called to tell her Cadie was okay.

"It's not the call you want to get," Tatham said. "Luckily she kept driving. She drove until she said she wanted to get to safety."

Major Art Littlejohn with the Spartanburg Police Department on Saturday said the incident garnered a lot of attention on social media and a full investigation was launched. He said investigators concluded that the incident was reported falsely.

According to incident reports, when an investigator began pressing Greissinger about inconsistencies in her story during a follow-up interview, she admitted that there had been no shooting. Per the reports, she told police she had been visiting a friend and when she left the house, she found her car window had been shattered outside. The investigators said Greissinger did not provide them with the exact location of where she was when the vehicle was damaged.

Greissinger was arrested Friday and charged with filing a false police report, a felony offense. She was booked into the county jail and released Friday night, per online records.

“The Spartanburg Police continues to work diligently to make our city safe to live, work and play,” Littlejohn stated. “Therefore we attempt to investigate all incidents thoroughly in order to provide professional service to the citizens of Spartanburg.  However when individuals file false incident reports valuable resources are wasted."

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