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LAUSD police officer admitted fabricating shooting story, source says

Authorities arrested Los Angeles school police Officer Jeff Stenroos on suspicion of filing a false police report after he allegedly admitted to fabricating a story that he had been shot last week in Woodland Hills, according to a senior LAPD official close to the investigation.

Click to see interactive map of area crimesThe official said investigators are still piecing together how Stenroos pulled off the alleged hoax, which sparked a dragnet that inconvenienced thousands of people after police shut down a large swath of Woodland Hills in search of the supposed gunman.

The source added that Stenroos' protective vest showed obvious signs of having been struck by a bullet, and the officer also suffered bruising on his chest. Detectives later raised questions 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 Unified School District Police Department, said Thursday night. 

Zipperman, who recently left the Los Angeles Police Department, where he had been a captain, said his department is cooperating in the ongoing investigation.

The president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League called the incident an "embarrassment to law enforcement."

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


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Paul M. Weber said in a statement. "While Mr. Stenroos is a disgrace to his badge, his individual and dangerous actions should not reflect on the hardworking men and women in law enforcement."

Why not? He's a cop isn't he. Are only good deeds supposed to "reflect" on cops? The truth is cops are crooked, lazy, stupid and overpaid. They aren't heroes and most of them are employed with the sole purpose of ripping the rest of us off via tickets and "court costs". Stenroos not the exception, he is a typical cop.

That public employee could have gone
far working in that orange county court
house...court personnel know how to
cover-up other court personnel misconduct/
crimes and tampering with evidence to affect
the outcome...
they don't correct injustice in orange county...
at least LA exposed the sham.

LAPD lying? I am shocked.

Why haven't they posted the idiot's picture?

Well... most cops are criminals or related to criminals anyways. Not surprised at all.


Sadly, only these rare instances of police obstruction/corruption get national attention when every day 10s of thousands of cops nationwide put their lives on the line. Sad indeed.


What I find most interesting is that the initial response was all too typical when it's reported that a "police officer" has been shot plus all the media coverage. Then when it turns out to be different circumstances suddenly this "police officer" is slammed in the media by everyone. If this were a "real" police officer such as LAPD or sheriff then the intial response by society would have been the same but when "real" police officers are found out to be bad seeds then the government and police close ranks and the "rights" of the accused officer often protect them and the matter is continuously pulled away from the public eye so that for the same offense a "real" police officer might get fired and if there was a trial there just wouldn't be enough evidence to actually convict him/her.
Laughable man

All cops are dirty crooked liars, no surprise here!

Now this thug crooked cop will get 100% lifetime tax-free mental disability...

The Police Psycho-Wackos are writing up his mental disability paperwork right now!

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

What a crock. All police officers are professional liars - the better the liar, the better the cop. Clearly, Steven Zipperman is a great cop.

The only shocking thing is that we all know cops are inveterate liars, but in a courtroom most of us believe what they say on the stand. That's simply insane.

What would Joe Friday say about this?? The shame of it all..

This was a total over reaction by the LAPD. If an ordinary citizen was supposedly shot there wouldn't have been any dragnet. Seen any dragnet operations in Watts lately?

Also, has anyone noticed lately all those cops hiding behind trees, lamposts, etc. and giving out thousands of traffic tickets for the most trivial of violations. This is obviously to collect money and has nothing to do with traffic safety. Also, someone wrote recently about cops going to COSTCO in Northridge and writing tickets to the handicap because their cars were touching one of the blue lines. Isn't the COSTCO parking lot private property? If so, what are the cops doing there?

Seems to me all this started about the same time as Charlie Beck became police chief. These heavy handed police tactics is another reason to move out of the City and the San Fernando Valley. Also another reason to vote against the major next time for nominating this guy Beck

Richard Jones Simpson

how much did that handicap parking ticket you got cost you?

lol, next time just park in a regular parking spot like the rest of us and you won't get a ticket.

I am law enforcement, and I even had to use a fake name to post this message because I'm so p/o'd and embarrassed at what this guy did!!! I don't understand it, and my fellow brothers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. HOW does one like this get by the system? How can you work next to someone, and then find out later that he did such a thing? It is truly mind boggling. We work hard to do things right, and along comes a guy like this. I'm speechless.

If cops weren't cops they'd be criminals.

"While Mr. Stenroos is a disgrace to his badge, his individual and dangerous actions should not reflect on the hardworking men and women in law enforcement." - except there are reports everyday of these disgusting individuals with badges doing this and worse. How about the Houston cop that likes to rape, or the Dallas cop that enjoys stealing 250,000 from crime stoppers. The list is just endless. But I guess that is what we deserve for giving the worst among us so much authority and power.

I actually started doubting the entire story by the next day. Total lock down of area hundreds of law enforcement and no one is found? Also the artist rendering was way to exact, just something not right. No one else saw this "shooter".

I figure the gun went off accidentally and he didn't want to have to explain that it was his own ineptitude that destroyed a very expensive vest. No matter what the reason. We should keep in mind that they are people too, and are capable of lunacy just like everyone else.

I live in Canada and our cops are the same.If they're not tasering somebody to death they lie through their teeth and fabricate evidence matter of factly.

Some judges in Toronto refuse to take a Police Officer's word over a citizen's because they are sick of the routine lies.They are constantly investigating THEMSELVES for crimes,wrongful killings and corruption and guess what?They are always found innocent,but let a citizen apprehend a thief or shoot someone invading their home and bang,right to the slammer.

A fellow who shot an armed invader in the process of defending his family IN HIS HOME was charged with murder.It took three years of frustration and anxiety and thousands and thousands of dollars until a jury found him not guilty.Duh.

In Canada in cases of self defense ALWAYS choose trial by jury because you'll always be found innocent.Trial by judge- manslaughter at the minimum.

Thank God for cell phone cameras as cops here are constantly being exposed for their abuses and deceit.Google RCMP and tasering death of Polish Tourist and read the lies of four mounties who lied through their teeth to cover up THEIR crime.Even the President of Poland condemned them.

They think they are a special tribe,princes above the law because in their pea-brains they ARE the law.My son wants to be a cop and I support him for his choice because he has the moral fibre to do the right thing,but I fear the tribalism will get to him too,otherwise he will face misery and ostracism.

I made a citizen's arrest of a drunk driver who was weaving into oncoming traffic on a highway and with my vehicle forced him to the side of the road arrested him and after a fist fight took his keys.When the cops FINALLY arrived an hour later the cop actually said to me,"I love catching these guys."I said "Look pal,YOU didn't catch him I DID".Not a word of thanks just said that I should have left it up to the "professionals".If I had there would have been a horrific crash on an undivided highway with deaths and maimings.

Canada must have the same dolts, tried to be a cop and got rejected, now hates the cops, but deep down inside wants to be a cop sooo bad! Carrothead proves my point by going out and arresting people!

bottomline,...no one cares about Canada or your 2 cents

cops are just so stupid..they couldn;t get jobs anywhere ..their dumb as fenceposts -

Where is the picture of Jeff Stenroos in the Los Angeles Times ?
We need a photo of this loser.

It is amazing everyday in this country innocent citizens complain about the justice system and nothing changes. Somebody allegedly shoots a cop and they stop everything, offer amazing rewards all at the cost of the citizens. It appears that over the last 30 to 40 years the people of this country have a lot of hatred for police officers, it is the outrageous laws that have been passed over this period of time. Along with citizens being abused by the system. Someday this country will have what is going on in Egypt .

When will it end? Biased laws, outrageous fines, corrupt and lying officers and public employees. It is unbelievable yet it happens in every city in this country. We need a reality T.V. show for this type of BullS*^%T. This way everyone can see how often this happens. Maybe then the people of this country will say "We are NOT doing this anymore".

This country needs what is going

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