COLUMBIA — The gunshot wound former USC running back Kenny Miles suffered was self-inflicted, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a Tuesday news conference.
Miles is under a doctor's care and will be charged with filing a false report in the near future, Lott said.
The sheriff did not speculate why Miles might have shot himself.
The Nov. 4 shooting first was reported as an attempted robbery to steal Miless watch and football ring.
But Lott held a news conference the following day to debunk that report. Lott said then he did not know what had led to Miles being shot but he did not want the community to fear a robber was on the loose in the St. Andrews area.
Miles was found with a gunshot wound about 1 p.m. in the doorway at 121 Centrum Drive in an office park, according to an incident report.
At the time, he told sheriffs deputies he did not know who shot him while he was driving his car. He told deputies he was shot by a white man in his late 30s or 40s with light gray hair who was wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-down work shirt and khaki pants, a Richland County Sheriffs Department incident report said.
The shooter fled into a wooded area, Miles told officers.
The incident report also said Miles appeared to be very incoherent to his surroundings.
Later, investigators found blood at two locations the office park where police found Miles and a nearby church. A friend of Miles worked at the office park, the sheriff said.
Miles has worked for S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson since August as a support clerk, assisting with community outreach and youth mentoring. He also interned in the attorney generals office for four months in early 2012.
After the shooting, Miles was given a 30-day leave of absence.
Miles came to Columbia from Lawrenceville, Ga., to play football for the University of South Carolina.
Miles led USC in rushing in 2009 as a redshirt freshman with 117 carries for 626 yards. He played in all 13 games, starting seven.
He started six games as a senior in 2012 and was third on the team in rushing with 359 yards. He started the final four games of last season.
Miles finished his USC career with 1,342 yards rushing.
Miles approached USC head coach Steve Spurrier this fall about the possibility of being a graduate assistant with the team.