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Officer accused of shooting hoax says gun accidentally went off

Stenroos Los Angeles School Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos Los Angeles School Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos, accused of falsely claiming that he was shot by an assailant outside El Camino Real High School, has told investigators that he accidentally fired his gun, sources have told the Los Angeles Times.

But detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the case.

Stenroos was booked last week on suspicion of making a false police report in connection with the alleged hoax that shut down seven square miles of the west San Fernando Valley. Police spent days searching for a parolee they believed shot the officers. Then, suspicion began to fall on Stenroos. 

The law-enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was open, said Stenroos had given several contradictory accounts of exactly what happened. Detectives, they said, are still trying to determine whether the shooting was an accident or in some way connected to his professional or personal life.

Detectives continue to examine physical evidence from the scene of the reported shooting Jan. 19 just east of El Camino Real campus. They also are conducting interviews with Stenroos' colleagues and examining his background for any possible reasons that the eight-year school police veteran might have misled authorities.

"Right now, we have more questions than answers," said a senior LAPD official about the status of the investigation.

Investigators said Stenroos' behavior in the days after the shooting made them suspicious. Repeatedly, they tried to arrange a meeting with Stenroos; they said they hadn't wanted to press him too hard while he was in the hospital and now needed to conduct a follow-up interview. Stenroos, according to the sources, seemed to be avoiding them.

Days after the incident, Stenroos checked himself into Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, complaining of chest pains.

Source said that on Thursday he confessed his original story was a hoax. They said his chest had bruising similar to what would be caused by a bullet hitting his protective vest, but they're not sure of the circumstances -- including whether any shooting actually occurred next to the school.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Los Angeles School Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos. Credit: Los Angeles Unified School District

 
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And the gun lied about who pulled it's trigger?

They act in YOUR name, server and protect?

Maybe this yo-yo's employment with the school district should become a hoax.

Dear Officer Jeffrey Stenroos, just fess up that you accidently shot yourself. I know it would be embarrasing to admit it, but look at the situation you are in now. If you had alternative motives, then bring it out....

He must have been crazy to think the evidence wouldn't eventually point towards him.

You talkin' to me? Well, who the h*ll else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.

The police department needs to conduct indepth mental stability in the officers it does chooses to protect and serve. We have a Police Officer serving in our family after serving 2 tours in Iraq and he seems somewhat jumpy but is stable. Police are trained differently and it does have some fallout such as being suspicious of everyone leading to relationship issues and trust issues.

A cop is supposedly shot and the whole city goes on lock down. More than 2000 police officers deployed. Anybody else, you may just have a handful of these deadbeats investigating.

He needs to be severely punished for wasting a lot of precious time spent by law enforcement investigating this event.

This is not a big deal,His gun may have accidently discharged.
Then the impact of the bullet caused pain and distress,.
In pain he just panicked when his brain chemicals reacted.
He meant no harm,drop the charges,his job is tough.
Report instead his years of good police work.
thank you

NO reason to unholster his weapon - his fault and should be libel for costs related to search and school lock down.

Even if this is what actually happened, no one is going to believe hime now. Should have told the truth in the first place and the whole fiasco would have been avoided

Stuck on stupid....

We didn't believe this clown the first time, me being an avid shooter and having extensive knowledge of Glock's and Berretta's i can safely say this guy is either attention hungry, or seriously out of his mind. Nobody points a gun at their chest, not load load, nor unload. If this joker doens't do at least 10 years in the pokie like us normal humans, i say fire Beck. This clown show is draining away REAL MONEY. Let the purge begin...

I heard he had a 17 yr old girlfriend and she was involved. Anyone else hear this? He is married too???

"his chest had bruising similar to what would be caused by a bullet hitting his protective vest"

well, there its...another Security genius ..."i wonder if this thing really works"

HE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS... HE NEED TO PAY FOR ALL THOSE HOURS THAT WAS SPENT LOOKING FOR A NO~BODY SUSPECT.... HE NEED TO BUY ALL THOSE KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER FOR THE HOURS THEY WENT HUNGRY!!!!

JAIL TIME WILL NOT BE ENOUGH!

Just another hero........

I hope we don't spend a bunch more money on this thing. Because in the long run, can you really force this guy to pay? If he did acccidently shoot himself, his defense will be he was traumitized and not in his right mind when he made the false report. And what will a criminal trial bring other then a bunch of anti-police stories for the media? We don't need any more of those. Let him plead out to a minor charge and move on before we waste any more taxpayer dollars. The guys' life and his family's are ruined as it is --- I mean, he has to go find a new career, and in this economy... and he will have a criminal record...

@Maury:
It is people like you who distort the truth that makes me mad. First of all, the whole city was not shut down and secondly, there were just over 300 officers, not 2,000 as you so erroneously stated.

Yup, Policemen will lie, even if it puts 10,000 kids
on lockdown. LAPD = Stooge City

And yet he's not in jail, why?

Wait I'm lost here Officer's spent days for someone who did not exist and yet he was a Parolee.So there for officer's can come to the conclusion that any suspect there searching for is a parolee correct? kind of like Guilty before trial oh wait!! that exist to this day.

They scrambled over 200 cops cars because of the location. Woodland hills, million dollar houses. If this happened in Boyle Heights or Compton does anybody really think they would have sent the whole LAPD to find the guy?

How bad is the LAPD's ballistics team? If you have a shell casing and a bullet at the scene, you could quickly test it against this officer's gun. Sounds to me like they were not looking at all possibilities.

Wow, one lying cop can lead to a the one of the largest
inaccurate threat assessments of all time. Might be awhile
before the taxpayers of that city approve any more money
for the Keystone Cops.

 
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