LAPD officer charged with attempting to buy illegal muffler from China, officials say

LAPD officer charged with attempting to buy illegal muffler from China, officials say

  • Luke Walden reportedly attempted to purchase an illegal firearm silencer in April 2021, officials say.
  • Authorities intercepted a package from China that contained a gun silencer purportedly addressed to Walden.
  • Walden was arrested on Nov. 15 and faces a felony charge.

An LAPD detective is facing a felony charge after authorities say he attempted to purchase a gun silencer from China.

Veteran LAPD detective Luke Walden, 48, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with unlawful possession of a silencer, a felony in California that carries a prison sentence of up to 3 years.

Authorities launched an investigation into Walden around April 2021 after U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers allegedly intercepted a package from China that contained an illegal firearm silencer, according to a statement on 23 November by Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón.

According to the district attorney’s office, the intercepted package was allegedly addressed to Walden.

“Any device intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” Gascón said. “This case is particularly concerning given that the accused is a senior law enforcement official. Anyone attempting to circumvent our laws by seeking to purchase such items overseas will be held accountable for their actions, regardless of profession.”

LAPD Professional Standards Bureau investigators arrested Walden earlier this month and called the case worrying, according to an LAPD statement.

“Respect for the law is an unyielding expectation of every member of this department,” LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said in the statement. “The circumstances of this investigation concern me greatly given the responsibilities of the detective involved.”

In the same statement, LAPD Committee Chair William J. Briggs III said the department “will not tolerate bribery on any level.”

“The Board of Police Commissioners will go to great lengths to ensure that the department operates with the highest levels of integrity,” Briggs said. “The Commission will instruct the Office of the Inspector General to look into the circumstances of this accident and to cooperate with our state partners.”

According to the district attorney’s statement, Walden’s case remains under investigation and is expected to be arranged on Dec. 7.

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