A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective was charged with assault with a semi-automatic firearm Wednesday after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at a person trying to intervene when he got into a dispute at a South L.A. parking lot last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Charles Gerald Tizano allegedly got into an altercation with a driver blocking the exit of a parking lot located at West Adams Boulevard and South Broadway in the Historic South-Central neighborhood on Sept. 6, according to prosecutors.
The 70-year-old former detective allegedly pointed a loaded semi-automatic handgun at a bystander who tried to intervene, prosecutors said.
The case remains under investigation by the LAPD while prosecutors have requested Tizano’s bail be set at $125,000.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. The charge also includes an allegation of personally using a firearm, prosecutors said.
If convicted, Tizano faces a maximum possible sentence of 19 years in state prison.