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Chalfont Cop Accused of Faking His Own Shooting is ‘Remorseful,’ Says Attorney

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By Brad Segall

CHALFONT, Pa. (CBS) — The attorney representing a Chalfont Borough police officer who was accused of faking his own shooting earlier this week says his client is embarrassed by what happened and is remorseful.

Jon Cousin was released from the Bucks County Prison late Thursday and immediately transferred to a mental health treatment facility, where he is being evaluated (see related story).

Defense attorney Michael Applebaum says the 30-year-old officer and his wife recently had triplets.  He calls them a close-knit family and says the wife is supportive of her husband, whom Applebaum calls a dedicated law enforcement officer.

“Right now what we’re trying to do is get answers,” Applebaum tells KYW Newsradio.  “It’s extremely important that everybody find out what happened exactly and why it happened.”

He says the family has been shaken by some of the public comments that have appeared online in blogs and newspaper articles about the case.

Cousin is facing numerous misdemeanor charges for allegedly making up a story that he was shot in his bulletproof vest Monday while investigating a suspicious vehicle in Chalfont (see related stories).