Police in Ohio have charged a former Navy SEAL after discovering “overwhelming evidence” that he lied when he said three black men shouted obscenities at him, and then shot him in the stomach.
Chris Heben, a 44-year-old former Navy SEAL who served from 1996 through 2006, told police in Bath Township that he was almost hit by a low-profile sports car in a grocery store parking lot in Akron on March 28. He said that there were three black men in the car, and that they shouted obscenities at him.
Heben claimed that he went into the Mustard Seed grocery store, but returned to his car because he forgot his wallet.
That’s when one of the men in the same car yelled, “You got a big mouth white boy. You need to learn some f*cking respect,” and then shot him in the abdomen.
According to Heben’s story, he plugged the bullet hole, and tried to chase the men down in his car until he began to lose consciousness. So, he stopped at a fire station for help.
Heben’s incredible story scored him interviews with national media outlets like CNN and Fox News, and turned him into a local hero, boosting his profile as a spokesperson for the Montrose Auto Group.
But on Wednesday, Bath Township police said that most of Heben’s story was a lie, WEWS reported.
“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 explained.
McNeely said that only Heben could answer when and how he was shot.
Heben could spend up to 180 days in jail for communicating false information to police, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was also charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for obstructing official police business.
WKYC reported that Heben has a previous conviction for “three counts of forgery related to perscriptions of controlled substances.”
Watch the video below from WEWS, broadcast Sept. 3, 2014.