Police in Ohio said they have “overwhelming evidence” that former Navy SEAL Chris Heben lied when he said he was shot by three black men in an altercation at a shopping center, according to television station WEWS.
The television station reported on Wednesday that Bath Township Police Chief Mike McNeely said: “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.”
Heben has been charged with misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business, according to WEWS, and is expected to be served a summons on Thursday.
Heben apparently told authorities the incident took place on March 28, according to WEWS. He reportedly said he was almost hit by a car in a parking lot in Akron, Ohio and then shouted at by its three black occupants. Heben reportedly claimed the men shouted obscenities at him until he walked into a grocery store at the mall. The station reported that he told authorities when he realized he’d forgotten his wallet, he walked outside, which is when the car almost ran him over and the men shot him in the stomach.
According to police, Heben said he stopped up the gunshot wound and pursued them in his car before abandoning the chase and going to get help at a fire department.
Police confirmed Heben had been shot, but they said the events leading up to the shooting were not the ones Heben described, according to WEWS.
The police chief told WEWS he didn’t know why Heben would fabricate the story. “That’s only something he can answer,” the chief said.