Police charge former Navy SEAL after lies of shooting surface

Police charge former Navy SEAL after lies of shooting surface
Christopher Heben after the incident. (Source: Facebook)
Christopher Heben after the incident. (Source: Facebook)

BATH TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A several month-long investigation has led to Bath Township Police charging the former Navy SEAL who says he was the victim of a shooting.

On Sept. 3, Christopher Heben was charged with falsification and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Authorities confirm that they have obtained information that indicates Heben misled the department.

Heben told police he was shot in the stomach at West Market Plaza during the evening of March 28, 2014.

According to Heben's story, while following the suspects, he noticed he was bleeding, so he changed course and drove himself to the police department. There, Heben received first-aid treatment before being transported to a local hospital.

An investigation was launched even though Heben was the only one who had the details. The Bath Township Police Chief says he had suspicions from the start.

"We were not able to corroborate his story as he reported it to us," said Chief Michael McNeely.

Months later, Heben has recovered from his injuries, but new questions are being asked about what really happened that day. Police say he may have been shot, but not at that shopping plaza.

"We looked at all the business videos and we could not see anything. We looked at video along the route and did not see anything," said Chief Michael McNeely. "And cell phone just to determine where he was and they did not show that he was at that location."

Bath Township detectives worked 30 hours a week over the past five months to find the suspects involved in the shooting.

Heben will be arraigned on September 11.

On Thursday, Heben released the below statement on his facebook page:

"Born for it...success in your DNA. A low blow in life will rock you from time to time, but in the grand scheme of things it will take a hell of a lot more than that to knock you down and take you out! Remember to tramp the weak, hurdle the dead! And always, for your family, faith, community, country and freedom..onward and upwards!"

Heben is a TV Spokesperson for the Montrose Auto Group. They released the following statement:

"We will stand by him. He is a war hero and a patriot, innocent until proven guilty."

Heben's consulting firm, Seal Team Consulting, released their statement Thursday evening:

"We were shocked to learn that authorities filed misdemeanor charges against Chris Heben following an incident six months ago that left him wounded from a gunshot. 

Police chose to challenge Chris Heben's account of the assault and rather minor charges emanated from their review of the case. We stand by Chris Heben. We are convinced that an objective review in court will clear up any discrepancies and rule favorably for Chris Heben. 

In the meantime, out of respect for our system of justice as well as Chris Heben's right to a fair trial, we find it inappropriate to make further comment"

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