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Los Angeles wants LAUSD cop in shooting hoax to pay restitution

Jeffrey Stenroos, a school police officer accused of making up a story about being shot by a gunman in Woodland Hills, appears in court in this undated photo.

May 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Los Angeles wants its money back for the shooting hoax in the San Fernando Valley.

The city is asking the district attorney to demand more than $360,000 in restitution from the Los Angeles school police officer reportedly at the center of the hoax.

Jeffrey Stenroos is accused of making up a story about being shot by a gunman in Woodland Hills, triggering a massive show of force by police, and a lockdown at El Camino High School and two other schools.

"I'm very aggressive in commending law enforcement when they do something, and I'm also very aggressive, when something like this happens, to go after the dollars. Because all we can get now is the dollars to recoup the general fund and what was expended for his fiasco," said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine.

Zine, a retired police officer, authored the motion demanding retribution for police and fire expenses.