Los Angeles detective charged for allegedly purchasing gun silencer from China

CALIFORNIA -- LAPD Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man in his 30s dead.

Los Angeles Police Detective Luke Walden has been charged with attempting to obtain a gun silencer that he allegedly purchased from China.

Walden was charged with one felony count of attempted possession of a silencer. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7.

On April 22, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intercepted a package from China that contained an illegal firearm silencer. The address on the package matched one belonging to Walden.

“Any device that is intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George 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.”

Walden was arrested on November 15 and posted bail.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.


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