BATH TWP.: Police are seeking information following the shooting of a former Navy SEAL in a parking lot Friday night.
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.
The chief said Heben was hospitalized at Akron General Medical Center, but the hospital said Monday it had no record of him being a patient there.
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.
Heben could not be reached for comment by the Beacon Journal but spoke out on his Facebook page.
“Much love and many thanks to everyone for all of the well wishes!” Heben wrote on his Facebook page Sunday.
“It definitely keeps me going! I’ve been up walking around, yesterday and again this morning. The nurses are telling me to ‘take it slow’.....YEAH RIGHT! Had the NG tube taken out at 10 p.m. last night, felt like a new man and actually got 3 hours of sleep last night. I’m gonna take this dressing off in a bit. I’ll post a few more pics soon. I’m good to go!”
Hundreds of people offered support over the weekend. His Facebook page, Christopher Mark Heben, Fmr. U.S. Navy Seal, has more than 14,000 likes.
His most recent post on Facebook resulted in more than 300 comments.
“Prayers and a speedy recovery to you, CMH. HOO YAH , warrior! Now get up and MOVE!!!” one man wrote.
According to the Montrose Auto Group website, Heben is working with the company to promote the dealerships in its “No Customer Left Behind” campaign.
According to the website, Heben served in Iraq, Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“Following the termination of Osama Bin Laden, Chris emerged as the national media’s most featured special operations subject matter expert, appearing in hundreds of interviews on over-the-air television, cable news networks, and national and regional radio networks including NPR, providing expertise and relevance on a variety of topics relating to the special operations community,” the website said.
According to his web site, www.chrisheben.com, he is the founder of INVICTVS Group, a special operations consortium and holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, specializing in both orthopedic surgery/sports medicine and emergency medicine.
His website also says he has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s specials Secrets of SEAL Team Six (June of 2011) and Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair (August 2012), the History Channel’s America’s Book of Secrets: Black Op’s (April 2013) and the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 documentary Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies.
And, according to his website, he is a public speaker and is involved in television and film acting, song writing and performing and is the voice for Under Armor’s new hunting TV show, Ridge Reaper on the Outdoor Channel and will be the co-star of an upcoming Animal Planet television series called Ivory Wars.
He also is to release his first music album called The Patriot Project this spring, the website said.
McNeely said police are reviewing numerous videos from local businesses to determine if the incident was recorded.
The chief said publicity about the incident Monday had already generated some good leads.
Anyone with information about the incident or who witnessed the altercation is urged to call Bath Township Police at 330-666-3736. Detective Dan Lance also can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or email@example.com.