BILLINGS, Mont. -

A northeastern Montana prosecutor says he's negotiating the voluntary return of a West Virginia man accused of shooting himself and then claiming to be the victim of a drive-by shooting.

Thirty-nine-year-old Ray Dolin has been charged with evidence tampering, making false reports and obstructing an officer.

The Valley County sheriff says Dolin shot himself in the arm to gain publicity for a photographic memoir he was writing.

Authorities wrongfully charged a Washington state man in the case before the alleged hoax unraveled.

County Attorney Nickolas Murnion says the defendant is expected to appear voluntarily within the next two weeks.

He was last reported to be under the care of a Veterans Affairs hospital in Wyoming.

Murnion says Dolin has hired an attorney, but he would not release the attorney's name.