Ohio police said Wednesday they have “overwhelming evidence” indicating a former Navy SEAL’s story about being shot by multiple attackers at a mall is not true.
Chris Hebben, 44, has been charged with obstruction of justice and falsification — both misdemeanor counts, according to WEWS-TV.
“We have overwhelming evidence based upon video, cell phone records and interviews that the shooting did not occur in the West Market Plaza and that Mr. Heben made false allegations to us,” Bath Township Police Chief Mike McNeely said.
The former Navy SEAL, who served the military in active duty and as a private contractor, was scheduled to receive a summons to appear for a court arraignment Thursday, WEWS reported.
In April, Heben told police he was shot by an individual after the attacker hit him with his vehicle. The former Navy SEAL said he plugged the wound and then chased after the assailant and his accomplices who drove away in a sports car. Eventually, Heben told police the pain was too much to bear and he drove himself to a hospital.
But, police now say his story doesn’t add up.
According to McNeely, evidence makes it clear the incident did not occur at the mall’s parking lot. The police chief, who assembled evidence from phone records, surveillance cameras and interviews, would not speculate why Heben would make up such an elaborate story.
“That’s only something he can answer,” McNeely told WEWS.
Police, however, did acknowledge that the former Navy SEAL did suffer a bullet wound and confirmed that a brass projectile was removed from his abdomen.
Hebin could not be reached by WEWS and had not addressed the situation on his official Facebook page at the time of publication.
(H/T: Mail Online)
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