LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former Los Angeles Unified School District police officer Jeff Stenroos will be tried by a judge.
Stenroos’ attorneys waived his client’s right to a jury trial Thursday.READ MORE: No Injuries After Gunman Opens Fire At Shake Shack In Canoga Park
Stenroos, 30, is accused of lying about being shot by a burglar last January while on duty outside of El Camino Real High School. His claim prompted a huge police response with several schools placed on lockdown in the San Fernando Valley.READ MORE: Pelinka Says All Lakers Players Will Be Fully Vaccinated By Season Opener
The incident cost the city and the LAUSD more than $400,000.
Stenroos is facing four felony counts, including filing a false police report. He faces five years in prison if convicted.MORE NEWS: Suspect Brandishing Gun During Standoff Shot, Killed By Deputies Near Lancaster
Stenroos is free on $30,000 bail. His trial will begin Aug. 26.