A deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been charged with unlawfully possessing an AR-15 assault rifle and tracer ammunition, officials announced Wednesday.  

Deputy Brad Garmon was charged with one felony count each of possession of an assault weapon and possession of a destructive device, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  

The unregistered AR-15 and incendiary ammunition were discovered while authorities were executing a search warrant at Garmon’s home in April 2020, according to the DA’s office.

“While I support the rights afforded to use under the Second Amendment, I also respect the laws of our state. It is illegal to possess an AR-15 assault rifle in California and I expect everyone, including sworn officers, to follow the law,” DA George Gascón said in the release. “These weapons have repeatedly led to massive loss of life across this and I fully intend to enforce the ban in Los Angeles.”  

Officials said that Garmon’s arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.  

The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.