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November 23, 2022: LAPD Detective Charged With Attempting to Possess a Gun Silencer

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Los Angeles Police Detective Luke Walden has been charged with attempting to obtain a gun silencer that he allegedly purchased from China.

“Any device that is intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” District Attorney 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 (dob 1/29/74) was charged in case BA510524 with one felony count of attempted possession of a silencer. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

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.

Walden was arrested on November 15 and posted bail.

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