Officers responded to the scene of what they thought was a man who had shot himself in the stomach but quickly learned that wasn't the case.
This is according to Claremore Police Department records that say Dustin M. Nichols was arrested over the weekend on felony allegations of child abuse and making a false 911 call.
Records show Officer Propst was dispatched to the Super 8 Motel in Claremore after Nichols called claiming he "had shot himself in the stomach with a gun and needed help."
"Upon my arrival, I located Nichols and asked him where the gun was," Propst reported. "Nichols told me he lied to the 911 operator about shooting himself so we would respond quickly and save him from multiple people who were chasing him."
During the course of the investigation, officers "learned Nichols was under the influence of methamphetamine, which caused him to see and hear things," according to CPD records, which also note that "Nichols admitted to ingesting methamphetamine and being on a three-day bender with no sleep."
Nichols is quoted in telling officers he left his 18-month old infant alone in a car parked on Osage Ave.
"Officers responded to this location and found the 18-month old child locked int eh car with the windows up and no AC on," CPD reports. "It was also learned that nobody else knew the infant was in the vehicle and would likely have been left inside to die as temperatures were expected to meet or exceed 90 degrees outside."
Nichols was booked into Rogers County Jail and bond is currently set at $60,000.