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L.A. Detective Charged with Trying to Possess a Gun Silencer

 Los Angeles Police Detective Luke Walden was charged with attempting to obtain a gun silencer that he allegedly purchased from China, according to officials.

“Any device that is intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” 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, 48, was charged with one felony count of attempted silencer possession. 

On or about 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, officials stated.

Walden was arrested last week. He posted bail.

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

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