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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A Richland County Sheriff's Department incident report released Tuesday indicates Kenny Miles tried to commit suicide in November.

The former USC running back was found on Nov. 4 lying in the doorway of his vehicle in a business park near Irmo. He had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

According to the report, Miles initially told investigators that he had been shot by a friend over a woman. After investigators verified an alibi provided by that friend, the 23-year-old admitted that he had lied, the report states.

Miles eventually said that he shot himself in a suicide attempt and had intentionally lied to investigators about the incident, according to the report. The gun belonged to him.

Miles turned himself in to the Richland County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning. He was charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers, which is a misdemeanor in South Carolina.

"This was a case where he initially was not telling the truth," said Miles' attorney Neal Lourie Tuesday morning. "He's admitted that. But, he did eventually come forward and give him correct, real information."

Sheriff Leon Lott said he hopes the courts rule that Miles is responsible for paying the department back for its time and effort in investigating the false robbery report.

A judge set a $440 personal recognizance bond for Miles Tuesday morning. He will be allowed to live with his parents in Georgia and travel to South Carolina for physical rehabilitation.

"He was shot in the arm," said Lourie. "It missed bone, but it went completely through his arm and caused a huge, huge wound that was bleeding heavily. It required a major operation."

"He just wants to get better," said Lourie. "He's a great kid...he was not involved in any criminal activity whatsoever, other than not telling the truth."

When asked why Miles shot himself, Lourie declined to comment.

"He's got a great support system to get him through this," said Lourie.

Miles had been working as a support clerk at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office since August until requesting a 30-day medical leave shortly after the shooting. He remains on leave.

Spokesman Mark Powell said Miles was working with community outreach and youth mentoring.

Miles played in all 13 Gamecock football games in 2012. The tailback was third on the team with 359 rushing yards on 104 carries.

As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Miles led the team in rushing with 117 carries for 626 yards.

For his career, he rushed for 1,341 yards on 315 carries, including four 100-yard rushing games. Two of his five touchdowns came in the 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

Miles graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice.

If convicted, Miles faces 30 days in jail and a fine up to $200.

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