Los Angeles School Police Officer Fakes Being Shot
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer Jeff Stenroos lied and said he was shot by a man with a ponytail who was breaking into cars. This prompted a sketch of the suspect to be made and hundreds of police officers to go in search of the shooter -- who it turns out existed as much as the tooth fairy.
While the supposed gunman was on the loose, students couldn't leave their classroom. No food. No bathrooms. Some students were forced to urinate in trashcans.
What exactly happened to the school district officer is still up in the air. A shell casing from a 9-mm round was found near the scene of the alleged crime, and the officer was carrying a 45-caliber handgun. An official who didn't give his or her name says Jeff Stenroos was mishandling a firearm when he was shot.
The school district police officer enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight as a hero when television cameras followed the ambulance that took him to the hospital and showed him being whisked inside by doctors. Now he's out of jail on $20,000 bail and facing a possible felony charge for filing a false police report.
The School District Superintendent ordered for the officer to be dismissed. The hunt for the phantom shooter is estimated to have cost half a million dollars and the City Council voted unanimously to sue the school district officer. %Poll-59421%