Claim: Former Navy SEAL Chris Heben was shot following a parking lot altercation and drove himself to the hospital after pursuing his assailant[s].
Examples: [Collected via Facebook, April 2014]
Origins: On 28 March 2014, Christopher Heben, a 44-year-old former Navy SEAL, suffered injuries that he maintained were the result of his being shot by unknown assailants after an altercation that took place at a shopping center in Bath Township, Ohio:
Christopher Mark Heben, 44, of Medina County, was shot outside Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Bath Township Police Chief Michael McNeely said.
After Heben was shot in the stomach, he followed the vehicle carrying the shooting suspect but began to feel ill and drove himself to the Bath Township Police and Fire Department to seek treatment, McNeely said.
McNeely said the incident began when a car struck Heben as he walked in the parking lot and he and the driver exchanged words.
Heben then began to walk to the Mustard Seed but realized he had forgotten his wallet. When he walked back to get his wallet, the chief said, the suspect's vehicle pulled up next to him and then Heben realized he had been shot.
"He doubled up in pain," the chief said, then he jumped into the car and followed the vehicle.
Heben described the vehicle he was chasing as a gray, low-profile sports car with a raised spoiler on the trunk, black rims and dark tinted side and back windows, McNeely said. It drove north on Cleveland-Massillon Road and was last seen near a ramp to Interstate 77, but it was not known if it entered the freeway.
Chris Heben, 44, of Medina, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.
"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," said Bath Township Police Chief Mike McNeely.
Former Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) Chris Heben, 45, faced up to 190 days in jail and a $1,750 fine for falsification and obstruction of official justice.
The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for half an hour at the end of the second day of his trial in Akron, Ohio,
The case rested on one phone call Heben made that evening.
The prosecution argued that records show it was made near Heben's home in Medina. The defense argued that cell phones don't reliably ping the towers nearest where the call was made, so Heben could have dialed somewhere between the shopping center and the fire station.
Last updated: 19 April 2015
Carney, Jim. "Former Navy SEAL Shot in Bath Township Parking Lot." Akron Beacon Journal. 31 March 2014. WKYC-TV. "Witnesses Sought in Shooting of Former Navy SEAL." 31 March 2014.