Ex-Navy SEAL Allegedly Lied to Police About March Shooting

Police claim former Navy SEAL Chris Heben lied when he told police he had been shot at the West Market Plaza.
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begin with that strange story you were talking about, robin. A former Navy S.E.A.L. Charged with lying to police. Chris tear heeben told them a story that they say never happened. Gio Benitez. Reporter: An elaborate story of survival is in question leading a former Navy S.E.A.L. To turn himself in to police. 44-year-old Chris heeben, a motivational speaker and father telling ABC news this April that he was shot during a dramatic fight over a parking space back in March. For you, the parking lot was a battlefield. It was a battlefield, yeah. Reporter: He told police and other media outlets the same story. That a routine trip to the shopping mall in Ohio was more dangerous than his tours of duty in Afghanistan. I get out of my car, two, three spots up from me, a car almost backs up into me so we exchange words. Reporter: And then as heeben told it the other guy started shooting. Pie stomach was just on fire. It was searing burning bane. Reporter: He said he got in his car chasing the shooter. I don't walk away from danger or trouble. Reporter: But said he eventually gave up and drove himself to get help never calling 911. At the time police verified his story and gave no indication that they were suspicious. But this morning, investigators believe heeben lied about where the shooting occurred and is now charged with falsification and obstructing official business. Basically through hours of investigation, interviews, review of surveillance footage, subpoena requests of telephone records we determined that it did not occur at the west market plaza. Reporter: So exactly how did heben come to be shot? Police say they don't know. Heben has built a business around security launching this website where he sells gears and supplements but court documents show he's lied in the past too. The medical board of Ohio suspending his physician's assistant license indefinitely after heben was found guilty of forging prescriptions for controlled substances. Neither heben or his attorney called us back but overnight his business partner told us they are shocked by the charges that he stands by heben and he confident an objective review in court will clear up any discrepancies, George. Gio, thanks. Let's talk to Dan Abrams about this. The police built a pretty strong case there but is this the kind of crime that's prosecuted. This is a misdemeanor, right? Facing up to nine months behind bar, not the sort of case where you typically see jail time but this could be different. Why? Because of the public nature of the case. The authorities are going to want to send a message, they're going to want to tell the public we take this stuff seriously. Here you're talking about lying to the police. That's the sort of thing that drives them nuts and so I think they're going to try to throw the book at him as much as they can in the context of a misdemeanor. So even though lying to the press which he did in a lot of interviews as well -- You can lie to the media all you want. No one cares -- no one is going to protect the media but when you lie to the cops totally different story and they take it personally. And also just the fact that he's putting it on his Facebook page all the time. All these updates about how he's doing, et cetera. I don't think any of that is going to help. Does it matter if he comes up with a good explanation? It's hard to imagine an explanation that will satisfy the prosecutors or a jury, et cetera. Even if he has some sympathetic reason, the fact that he lied and, you know, the reason he got caught in essence was they started looking into it more and find surveillance video and cell phone records that say he wasn't in the area so no matter how sympathetic if he changes his story it is, it's hard to believe it'll be enough. Okay. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.

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