LA school cop accused of faking own shooting found guilty

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El Camino High School was on campus-wide lockdown twice in two weeks. Once was because a student brought a gun to school. L.A. police say the first time around, L.A. public schools officer Jeff Strenroos lied about taking a shot to the chest.

A Van Nuys judge Monday handed down a guilty verdict in the trial of a school cop who shot himself by accident and blamed it on a gunman.

The phony shooting report by L.A. Unified officer Jeff Stenroos led to a seven-school lockdown in the San Fernando Valley last January.

Prosecutors had charged Stenroos with five felonies – including planting false evidence and insurance and worker’s comp fraud. Judge Richard Kirschner convicted him of four, plus a misdemeanor. He wants legal briefs from the prosecution and the defense before he rules on the fifth felony charge of filing a false police report.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Paul Nunez called Stenroos a repetitive liar who staged a shooting scene to play the hero. Nunez spoke to reporters after the hearing.

"I think we have circumstantial evidence that one of his motives could have been possibly to receive full pay while not working," Nunez said. "I think anyone would like to receive that. I can’t say whether or not this idea of being a hero was going to improve his status within the eyes of his coworkers, his family, his wife, but there was evidence that suggested that as well."

Stenroos’s attorney did not make any comments after court. Stenroos was taken into custody and has been ordered to undergo a psychological exam. His client faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for December.

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