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Case ends for school officer accused in fake shoot
Case ends for school officer accused of shooting vest, blaming gunman in scheme to collect pay
By The Associated Press

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.

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