A former Los Angeles school police officer has been found guilty of multiple felonies including planting false evidence, insurance fraud and workers' compensation fraud after falsely reporting that he had been shot by a robbery suspect.
Jeffrey Stenroos said that he was responding to a report of a car burglary when the suspect shot him in the chest and fled. The former officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not seriously injured. The Los Angeles Police Department believed there was a violent person on the loose and dispatched more than 550 police officers and locked down the area for 10 hours.
The former officer's story fell apart when police realized his account of what happened kept changing and evidence found at the scene did not quite corroborate any of his explanations. He is ordered to spend five years in county jail, although that sentence will be commuted to two years if he performs 400 hours of community service. He must also pay $309,000 in restitution, which will go to reimburse the city for the expense of using so many police officers.
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