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LA Police: Wounded School Officer Lied; Shot Himself

LA Police: Wounded School Officer Lied; Shot Himself

LAPD officers man the gates of El Camino Real High School on Wednesday after the school underwent another lockdown. AP

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

January 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The report of a school police officer shot last week touched off one of the largest Los Angeles-area manhunts in recent memory and forced thousands of students to remain in their classrooms for hours as officers searched for the attacker.

Now 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.

“The current state of the investigation refutes Stenroos’ initial account of the incident and we are now certain that there is no outstanding suspect in this shooting,” Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Thursday night.

A law enforcement official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case, said Stenroos was mishandling a firearm when he was shot, but he did not go into any more detail.

The gunshot hit Stenroos in his bullet proof vest and authorities said that protection saved his life. He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital later that night.

Beck defended the aggressive police response to the shooting, which occurred one day after a gun accidentally fired in a student’s backpack at another Los Angeles high school, wounding two students.

“We go where these investigations take us,” he said. “Finding the truth and obtaining some form of justice is what we’re about.”

More than 350 officers from five agencies scoured the area, gathering hundreds of clues, canvassing neighborhoods and reaching out to residents to drum up leads in the case, Beck said.

The day of the shooting, nine schools with about 9,000 students were locked down as more than 350 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers scoured 7 square miles of the affluent Woodland Hills neighborhood around El Camino Real High School for the gunman, described as man in his 40s with long brown hair.

Students were kept in their classrooms for hours without access to food or bathrooms, prompting anger and frustration from parents.

Authorities later mustered $100,000 in reward money for information leading to the suspected shooter’s arrest.

Los Angeles Police Protective League president Paul Weber said he was “disgusted” to hear about Stenroos’ arrest and apologized to the public for his actions.

“His lies set into motion the largest search for a suspect in recent history and inconvenienced thousands of people for hours,” the police union president said. “If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Stenroos is now where he belongs, behind bars.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


  • 21_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Only makes the rest of us look bad........ Loser

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Retleo Bump, they are not friends they are about as bad a defense attorneys they will lie to get what they want, and then use it against you later.

  • Me_callie08172010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a shame. Just remember all, there is fine line between "us" and "them" and that is but not limited to our integrity, values and honesty. We all have an occasion to do something stupid - don't make it worse by lying.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A law enforcement official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case,

    I have absolutely no use for Officers who feed info to the Media on the sly. The MEDIA is not your friend Pal, they are only looking for dirt to attack our profession. As for this guy shooting himself, then lying about it, I am glad that he is alive but he definitely needs to find another line of work.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    @lajustice: BUMP..!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    that should be in a movie

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


  • Image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Just sent school police another step back from all the progress we've made!

  • Marvin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Can't fix STUPID

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    His career is over, what an idiot. The department will be better off without him. He is llucky he didn't shoot himself in the head.

  • Ralphie_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a jackass!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Imgp0565__3__max50


    over 3 years ago


    As they say there is no cure for stupid, giving real LEO's a bad name. What some people won't do for their 25 seconds of fame. What a waste of resources and everyones time all because this moron didn't have the guts to face the music.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Wise people will realize that if this yahoo really was stupid enough to do this that he certainly was mentally deficient and it is NOT the fault of all shield wearers!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Take you lumps and learn from them. No cover-up is perfect. Now your in a fine mess because of BS.

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