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Arraignment delayed for LAUSD cop in shooting hoax

April 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Arraignment was delayed on Wednesday for the LAUSD police officer accused of faking his own shooting in Woodland Hills.

A new court date was set for May 18.

Jeffrey Stenroos' attorney said the charges against his client were too severe. The delayed arraignment gives the judge time consider the charges, look at the evidence, and then issue a ruling.

Stenroos claimed he was shot while patrolling El Camino Real High School on Jan. 19. He told authorities he was shot once in the chest while wearing a bulletproof vest by a car-burglary suspect.

The alleged shooting led to an hours-long lockdown with a perimeter that kept nearly 10,000 students within nine schools confined to their classrooms for nearly six hours with no food and no bathroom breaks. Also, surrounding residents were left with no access to their homes as they tried to get back from work.

A week after the incident when Stenroos' story just wasn't adding up, the eight-year veteran of the force admitted to officials that his story was all a hoax.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he was furious about the entire ordeal that caused a heavy inconvenience to the community, not to mention the huge waste of manpower trying to find a shooter that never existed.

The 30-year-old officer faces charges including perjury, preparing false evidence and filing a false police report.

Stenroos, who has since been placed on administrative leave, could serve up to five years in state prison if convicted.