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Case ends for school officer accused of shooting vest, blaming gunman in scheme to collect pay
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Prosecutors say a Los Angeles school police officer shot his own bulletproof vest then planted a shell casing and claimed a gunman had shot him so he could get out of work on medical leave while collecting full pay.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Nunez summed up the case against 31-year-old Jeff Stenroos during closing arguments Monday.
Stenroos is charged with preparing a false police report, planting false evidence and other counts stemming from the Jan. 19 incident.
The purported shooting prompted a massive police search for a gunman and led to 9,000 students being held in their schools for hours.
The defense argued that Stenroos accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun and never intended to stage a fraud.
Stenroos remains on paid administrative leave.