Police: Former Navy SEAL Lied About Getting Shot By Three Black Men
Detectives in Ohio say there is “overwhelming evidence” to prove a former Navy SEAL lied when he claimed he was shot during an altercation with three black men outside of a shopping center. 44-year-old Chris Heben of Medina, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business, according to ABC.
[su_center_ad]”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.
Heben told police he was nearly hit by a low-profile sports car backing up in the parking lot on March 28 and that its occupants, three black men, started shouting profanities at him.
According to Heben, a man in the car opened fire on him, after shouting “You got a big mouth white boy. You need to learn some f*cking respect.”
Heben claimed the car nearly ran him over as he came out of a grocery store and he was shot in the stomach.
According to police, Heben told them he plugged the hole in his abdomen and chased the suspects in his vehicle, but when they got on I-77, he ended up driving to the fire department for help.
After his release from the hospital, Heben explained why he didn’t call 911, “I wanted to keep it on the down low. At that point in time, I did an immediate physical assessment and I was still functioning. Plus, I wanted to chase after these guys. I’m aggressive,” he said.
McNeely said that Heben did suffer a gunshot wound and a brass projectile was removed from his abdomen, but officers said the investigation made it clear the shooting did not happen in the parking lot.
As for why Heben would fabricate such a story, the chief said, “That’s only something he can answer.”
He said a detective spent 30 to 40 hours every week investigating the case. He thinks Heben did a disservice to businesses in the plaza by making up a story.
He added that there were inconsistencies with Heben’s interviews with the media, social media posts as well as with interviews with the police.
McNeely said a review of cell phone records also proved that Heben was not at the West Market Plaza at the time he said the incident occurred.
“Aside from scaring the public it wastes people’s time,” Claire Hamlin said, who was shopping in the plaza. “There’s a lot of crime out there and this guy is making up crime.”
In contrast, Roxanne Burke, a hair salon owner in the plaza said, “I don’t think [the story] was made up. I’m sure something along those lines.”
Heben interviewed on a radio show, talks of his daring feats, fighting off the skeery black guys:
On Twitter Heben describes himself as a, ” FMR U.S. Navy SEAL,father,conservative,motivational/public speaker,author,singer/songwriter. Voice of ‘Ridge Reaper’ @UAHUNT, NRA Life Member, @WoundedWear”[su_sky_ad]