A convicted felon from Santa Monica was indicted Friday on gun-related charges after allegedly shooting into his neighbor’s backyard.
Jason Scott Walsh, 32, was charged in Los Angeles federal court with being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Throughout the night of Jan. 9, Walsh’s neighbor allegedly heard popping sounds, according to the federal complaint. The neighbor, who was having a gathering in his backyard with eight guests, including children, noticed a hole had been shot through his garage, as stated in the complaint.
The Santa Monica Police Department responded and officers allegedly discovered a bullet on the garage floor. While on scene, SMPD also heard what sounded like suppressed gunfire coming from Walsh’s home, according to the complaint.
Officers obtained and executed a search warrant at Walsh’s residence, seizing a loaded, short-barreled AR-type rifle bearing no serial number; two loaded, semi-automatic Polymer80 9mm-caliber firearms bearing no serial numbers, one with an attached silencer; additional suspected silencers; firearm magazines; an ammunition reloading device; and about 367 rounds of ammunition and 58 9mm-caliber cartridge casings, according to court documents.
Walsh was previously convicted of a felony charge for making terrorist threats in April 2014. As a result, he is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.
Walsh has been in federal custody since his Feb. 8 arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. If convicted of the charges in the indictment, Walsh would face up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the three felony counts in the indictment, according to ATF.
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