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[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita Valley resident who works for the Sheriff’s Department was arrested more than six months after he allegedly discharged his firearm after a group of neighborhood children pranked him.

sheriffpatchDeputy Sung Jin Pak, 47, of Westridge, was arrested Friday for discharge of firearm with gross negligence, according to officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Pak was twice the victim of a prank called “ding-dong-ditch” around 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 12, according to former sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, shortly after the arrest.

“It’s when kids ring the doorbell and then ran away before the (Pak) answered the door,” Whitmore said.

After the second ring, Pak chased down a few of the older children on foot.

When it looked like a few of the older ones were going to confront Pak, he identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy, pulled out his service revolver and fired a round into the air as a warning shot, Whitmore said.

The incident was being investigated because the initial reports caused suspicion to believe that Pak fired his weapon “in a suspicious manner,” Whitmore said.

Pak was suspended with pay in October; Sheriff’s Department officials did not confirm whether Pak was fired in response to the decision by the District Attorney’s Office to press charges.

Pak is due back in court July 12 to face a preliminary hearing on one count.

 

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35 Comments

  1. Ryan Connor says:

    abuse of power at its best surprise surpise and at some kids

  2. Mike Dill says:

    Chased down “ding dong ditchers” and ended up discharging his weapon up in the air in a residential neighbor? Did he consider for a moment where that bullet might fall to earth. Call me harsh, but time for mandatory retirement for this guy.

  3. Paul Mahone says:

    I know of ten year olds with better respect towards fire arms.

  4. ‘Bad apple’ theory in 5…4…3…2…

  5. He clearly has issues and should be charged with attempted murder….bullets come down….

  6. Paul Economou whaaaTtt

  7. Dan Bohning says:

    Had he not been caught he would be arresting people for doing the exact same thing. However, he knows better and wouldn’t think twice to jack some dumb ass for doing what he thinks he can do. I just can’t figure out how guys like him make it through the process of becoming a cop!!! I sure hope he is off without pay!!!

  8. Dan Bohning says:

    Actually 99.9% of the population knows better!!!

  9. Eric Baker says:

    Paid vacation. He should go to jail like I would, if it were me and no paid vacation! Charge with a felony and seize all his guns! Sadly, all cops are corrupt and are held to an extremely low standard, treated like royalty in the legal system and get a slap on the wrist or nothing at all for the same crimes civilians get reamed hard for, if they did it.

    • Ray Davidson says:

      Sir you are sadly informed. First of all, not “all” cops are corrupt that’s like saying everyone named Eric is an ass. We both don’t agree with that. Secondly, the courts hold cops to a higher standard in criminal matters based on the belief that we should know better. One cop out of over 20,000 in the Los Angeles area made a poor decision and will be held accountable to a higher standard because, let’s face it, The jury will be filled with people like you… judge mental with a vengeful attitude toward officers. I agree, when a person does a criminal act he should be punished to standard.

  10. John Gilbert says:

    musta been his b/u weapon as LASO doesn’t use revolvers as a carry piece.

  11. Wow. He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone.

  12. Not that he should have used his weapon Anyone willing to address the behavior of our kids?. Too many out there getting into trouble

  13. http://youtu.be/6sOttCjdDBg Kristy Curtis he’s just following ole joe Bidens advice 1:00 in to the video

  14. Tim Gilmore says:

    Oh, swell. You mean to say that we hoity toity residents of Stevenson Ranch are not safe from the local LEO’s?

  15. Typical, most cops are bullies. Most cops I know were dorks. I guess it’s there turn to be the “big man”

  16. I’m sure all you big shots on here talking trash about law enforcement officers are the same little punks that call the cops whenever they feel some injustice (like little Ill mannered, snot nosed little brats with entitlement issues disturbing your peace or vandalizing your property) has been done to them. You can’t judge one person as a whole.. And just because the media gets more coverage and more play by negative incidents certainly does not mean in any way that they do more harm then good. So until you super tough, internet activists grow a pair large enough to sport a badge, a gun and a heart big enough to defend your society every day with your life, ( including the ungrateful little weasels that sit on a soap box judging with pure ignorance) … Why don’t you keep it in the peanut gallery .

  17. Jeff Gilmore says:

    Don’t the arresting officers have anything better to do, like catch REAL criminals???

  18. I know Dep. Pak he is really cool. #Free #Dep #Pak #Your #children #are #little #bastards

  19. Give him a gun in the badge in a think they’re God

  20. Jimmy Grise says:

    Idiots get em off the street before they kill more people.

  21. Lol he did his first desk pop

  22. Dee Nance says:

    There should be a law for privacy rights for law enforcement, the media also adds untruth to stories.

  23. Derek says:

    Some of the kids out here really push it with the pranks and what not. But seriously…he just shot in the air. Not that big of a deal in my opinion.

  24. John Thomson says:

    Fire his ass and lock that punk up

  25. John Thomson says:

    Bad cop. No donuts no freedom no pussy

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