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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Media Relations

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Statement on the Arrest of Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer NR11044SF

Los Angeles: This evening, Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) arrested Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos on one felony count of filing a false police report, a violation of Penal Code Section 118.1.

On January 19, 2011, the LAPD responded to and launched an extensive investigation after Officer Stenroos reported a burglary suspect attempted to murder him by shooting him in the chest, while he was on patrol near El Camino High School in the San Fernando Valley.

The current state of the investigation refutes Stenroos' initial account of the incident and we are now certain that there is no outstanding suspect in this shooting.

RHD Detectives worked tirelessly to ensure the case was thoroughly investigated and the community was not at risk.  Detectives followed up on more than 350 clues, conducted a number of neighborhood canvasses, made hundreds of community contacts and distributed countless Community Alert Notices in hopes of gathering any valuable leads in the case.

While I understand the media and the public's intense interest in this investigation, and the desire for answers to the many questions that will be asked with this new development of the Officer's arrest, I cannot provide more detailed information at this time.