Riviera Beach police officer Sgt. Michael Dodson pleads guilty for drunken shooting incident in 2009

RIVIE - RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A Riviera Beach police officer -- accused of lying to authorities -- has pleaded guilty for the use of a firearm while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and disorderly intoxication.

Sergeant Michael Dodson was in court Thursday morning.

Palm Beach Gardens police say back in 2009, Dodson fabricated a story about being shot and almost burglarized at his mother's home.

But prosecutors say he was drunk and actually shot himself.

offDodson pleaded guilty to two second-degree misdemeanors Thursday connected to the incident.

He also agreed to complete community service, endure a psychological evaluation and substance abuse education.

Dodson will now be on probation.

He has been on restricted administrative duty at the police department pending an internal investigation.

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