Prosecutors: LA school officer staged shooting

AP News
Posted: Aug 26, 2011 8:32 PM
Prosecutors: LA school officer staged shooting

Prosecutors say a Los Angeles school police officer made up a story about being shot by a car burglary suspect to look like a hero.

In opening statements Friday, prosecutors said 31-year-old Jeff Stenroos accidentally shot himself while patrolling a high school, but lied about it, saying he'd been shot while wearing a bulletproof vest.

Stenroos is facing a non-jury trial on charges of preparing a false police report, planting false evidence and other counts stemming from his Jan. 19 report. Some 9,000 students were held in their schools for hours while hundreds of police officers searched for a gunman.

Defense attorneys declined to offer an opening statement.

Stenroos could be sentenced to more than five years in prison if convicted.