According to prosecutors, a Los Angeles Police Department [ LAPD ] detective has been charged with attempting to obtain a gun silencer that he allegedly purchased from China.
Luke Walden, 48, who posted bail after his arrest on Nov. 15, was charged with one felony count of attempted possession of a silencer.
In a press release on Wednesday, LA County District Attorney George Gascón stated that on April 22, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered a package coming from China that contained an illegal firearm silencer.
The LAPD’s detective Luke Walden’s address was listed as the package’s final destination.
“Any device that is intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” Gascón said. “This case is especially troubling given that the accused is a senior law enforcement officer. Anyone who tries to circumvent our laws by trying to purchase such items overseas will be held accountable for their actions, no matter their profession,” he added.
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Police Commission President William J. Briggs said the board has directed the Office of Inspector General to review the circumstances of the incident, noting that the Police Department would not tolerate corruption at any level.
On December 7, he will be arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.