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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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when are the people of LA county going to get the fact that the police lie about every thing the only thing that I was surprised about is that the police made it public.they are very good at hiding the truth,murders,beatings,false arrests,the police here are unaccountable for their actions and have no concern for the people.

It's blatantlay obvious that the people posting disparaging remarks about the men and women who put a uniform on and protect our community are either criminals themselves or tried to get on the police department and got rejected.

Isn't that right frankie?

As I read some of the comments I see the ones that are "pro police", all I can say is you must either for the the system, or are related to a cop. The average tax paying non governmental employee who has lived long enough knows that the system and police officers are corrupt (generally speaking). Go to court and it is a slaughter house. Everyone in this country is ONE allegation away from being arrested and charged for something they did not do.

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