Cop fabricated shooting story....

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    Cop fabricated shooting story....

    When this "shooting" happened it was all over the news for not safe in school, get rid of the all the guns, etc. etc....

    From the LA Times.....
    A Los Angeles school police officer who said he was shot by an attacker last week, prompting a manhunt that shut down a large swath of Woodland Hills, has been arrested on suspicion of concocting the story, authorities said Thursday night.

    The startling revelation came at a hastily called news conference by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who said detectives became suspicious about the officer's story as they investigated the case.

    A terse Beck said Los Angeles School Police Department Officer Jeff Stenroos had been booked on a felony charge of filing a false police report. He declined to elaborate further on the case, which the head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League called an "embarrassment to law enforcement."

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    Police had said Stenroos was shot in the chest Jan. 19 after he confronted a man who was attempting to break into vehicles near the eastern boundary of the El Camino Real High School campus. Stenroos' bulletproof vest absorbed the impact of a single gunshot, which Los Angeles Police Department officials said could easily have killed the officer.

    The incident sparked a massive police response that inconvenienced thousands of people for the day as officers blocked roads, locked down schools and refused to let people in or out of a 7-square-mile area.

    Authorities arrested Stenroos after he allegedly admitted to fabricating the story, a senior LAPD official close to the investigation told The Times.

    The official said investigators were still piecing together how Stenroos had pulled off the hoax.

    But the source added that Stenroos' protective vest showed obvious signs of having been struck by the bullet. Stenroos suffered bruising to his chest, raising questions for detectives about whether the officer shot himself accidentally and then fabricated a story or concocted the whole scenario. The source declined to say whether additional arrests would be made in the case.

    "Obviously it's as shocking to us as it is to anyone else," Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, said late Thursday.

    Zipperman, a former LAPD captain, said his department was cooperating fully with the investigation.

    Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said Stenroos was a "disgrace."

    "The law enforcement community is disgusted," Weber said in a statement. "While Mr. Stenroos is a disgrace to the badge, his individual and dangerous actions should not reflect on the hard-working men and women in law enforcement."

    More than 300 officers swarmed the west San Fernando Valley in search of a gunman, locking down nine schools and setting up a dragnet as they looked for a suspect described as a white man in his 40s, wearing a bomber or black-hooded jacket and blue jeans.

    Although many in the community expressed frustration and anger at the inconvenience caused by the size and length of the operation, LAPD officials defended the decision as necessary to protect the public from a suspect who was believed to have shot an armed officer. They noted that the incident was especially serious because it involved an attack against a fellow law enforcement officer.

    Stenroos said he was knocked back and hit his head. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Michael Brodey found Stenroos and immediately summoned help using the officer's police radio while providing aid. Brodey did not report seeing a gunman.

    Authorities offered a $100,000 reward for information in the case and even distributed a composite of the suspected gunman.

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    Anyone is capable of lying. Anyone.
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    Someone could have been killed here, I wonder what made him do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatopardo View Post
    Someone could have been killed here, I wonder what made him do this?
    Agreed. What in the world was going through that thick skull of his?
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    Quote Originally Posted by airworthy View Post
    Anyone is capable of lying. Anyone.
    Sorry, I disagree. I know, and work with people who would not lie, period. Yes, some or even many people are capable of lying and even prefer to lie as a lifestyle. Maybe all the people you know are capable of lying, and some that I know are, but not all the people I know can or will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Pick that bad apple out of the barrel.
    Looks like that has been done.

    LA school officer to be fired over shooting hoax

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A school police officer will be fired for an alleged shooting hoax that touched off one of the largest local manhunts in recent memory and forced thousands of students to remain in their classrooms for hours, the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Friday.

    "I intend to relieve this employee this morning," LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines told KTLA-TV. "You cannot play ... integrity, as far as I'm concerned."

    Law enforcement officials allege Officer Jeffrey Stenroos was lying when he said a gunman shot him in the chest as he patrolled near a San Fernando Valley high school Jan. 19. He was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of filing a false police report and was released on $20,000 shortly before midnight.
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    as a LEO it disgusts me to see this

    just fess up...remedial weapon training-yes, discipline action of some sort-yes....just tell the truth!!!!

    now he's charged with a felony, lost his job, will lose his license (whatever CA has) and can never be a cop again
    not to mention makes cops everywhere look bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by airworthy View Post
    Anyone is capable of lying. Anyone.
    True. Some are far more likely to do it than others, but everyone is capable of it.
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    This is the second such incident in two years for the LAPD.

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    How the heck did he shoot himself in the chest?! Leg, makes sense. Arm, I suppose. But chest?

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    Several years back there was a similar incident. When the truth came out it was done to look like a hero and bring attention to the indiividual. His Criminal Justice Certificate was revoked. This guy in California is done as a LEO. Who really knows what motivates people to do what they do ?
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