LAPD Officer Being Investigated After Discharging Firearm at House Party

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A Los Angeles Police Department officer's police powers were temporarily suspended pending an investigation after he allegedly discharged a firearm during a party at his house in the Harbor area of Los Angeles, Chief Michel Moore said today.

The weapon was discharged at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when “the officer and one of his guests apparently became involved in a physical altercation,'' Moore said.

The officer reached his unholstered duty pistol inside a drawer and the weapon was discharged, according to Moore, who cited the officer's account and preliminary information.

The round went through the drawer and lodged into an interior wall, Moore said. No one was injured.

The guest who was involved in the altercation notified the police department after leaving the house, and department Internal Affairs detectives responded to the home and are investigating the incident.

“I have significant concerns about the conduct of this officer and the circumstances of how this occurred,'' Moore said. “The involved officer has been assigned home and his peace officer powers have been suspended pending the outcome of this investigation.''

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