Photo gallery: Coach Shot In San Bernardino
A high school basketball coach who was shot in a San Bernardino park last month is not cooperating with authorities investigating the incident, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Robert Handy.
Steve Johnson, who coaches at Eisenhower High in Rialto, has given investigators conflicting accounts of what happened Jan. 21, when Johnson was shot in Seccombe Lake Park shortly before 8 p.m.
"We have reason to believe that Mr. Johnson withheld some information in his statement to us, and his failure to be completely honest did hinder our investigation of the crime he was a victim of," Handy said in a statement released Friday. "We will submit a case to the district attorney for review regarding Mr. Johnson's actions."
Johnson was shot four times in the upper torso while sitting in the parking area at Seccombe Lake Park in downtown San Bernardino.
Johnson reportedly told police he stopped at the park to urinate and when he was done three black men attempted to rob him.
"We have no reason to doubt that he was the victim of an attempted robbery followed by a shooting at Seccombe Lake Park," Handy said. "And we are continuing to pursue that investigation as well.
The gunman demanded Johnson's wallet. When he said he didn't have it, the gunman opened fire, police said.
Johnson remained in fair condition Friday at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The Rialto Unified School District could not be reached for comment Friday.
The district has pledged to help police.
"The district will cooperate with the San Bernardino Police Department as they investigate this case," district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri said last week.
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