LAPD scandal after 44 guns disappear from gun store

A scandal has reportedly been uncovered in the LAPD following the discovery of 44 missing firearms from a gun shop at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

NS Los Angeles Times notes that gun store manager Archie Duenas has reportedly been selling guns cheaply to officers for years and was able to hide the sale by staying at the store every day to handle the paperwork.

However, in February 2020, Duenas was told that he had saved the maximum amount of “vacation hours” and needed to take time off. When he did, his substitute found that many of the boxes labeled with guns were actually empty.

Investigators began looking at store records and Dunas’ transactions and found that several LAPD officers had allegedly “purchased stolen weapons from Dunas, bought and sold a large number of firearms in suspicious ways, and loaded dangerously The guns were stored in places accessible to children. Police records.”

LAPD Vehicles (LADOT/Flickr)

Some LAPD commanders are accused of simultaneously standing in the way of the investigation, allegedly undermining investigators’ efforts to identify LAPD higher-ups, who may have also purchased the guns.

The KRCW reports that “the LAPD captain overseeing the investigation says that top commanders of the police force tried to obstruct the work of his team.”

A deputy at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and four LAPD officers reportedly “deliberately purchased stolen guns from the gun shop of the LAPD Police Academy.”

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