Retired Deputy Charged With Discharging Firearm After Being Pranked by Kids

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A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was charged Tuesday with illegally firing his gun after a group of children repeatedly rang his doorbell and then ran away.

Sung Jin Pak faced one misdemeanor count of discharge of firearm with gross negligence in connection with the 2013 incident, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“Pak, who was still with the sheriff’s department at the time, allegedly chased after a group of children who had played a prank known as “ding-dong-ditch” at his Stevenson Ranch home and fired his gun into the air,” said Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Gootman.

The 48-year-old was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in Santa Clarita.

He faced a maximum of 365 days in county jail if convicted as charged.

The case was still being investigated by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.