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Deputy suspended with pay during 6-month investigation

No resolution yet in ‘ding dong ditch’-related allegations

Posted: April 2, 2014 6:51 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 6:51 p.m.
 

A sheriff’s deputy who allegedly fired his service revolver into the air after neighborhood kids pulled a prank has been suspended with pay for the past six months while Sheriff’s Department investigators look into the matter, a spokeswoman confirmed this week.

Deputy Sung J. Pak of Westridge is still under investigation by the department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Branch and still on paid leave, department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Tuesday.

Pak has been suspended with pay since mid-October, Nishida said, when the prank-turned-ugly happened.

“My main concern is that we never knew what happened with the investigation,” one neighbor of Pak said this week. “You have an incident where a guy fired a gun in the air, and witnesses who saw it, and yet we see no resolution,” the resident of Greenleaf Court said.

The alleged confrontation between Pak and pranksters happened about 8 p.m. Oct. 12.

“Apparently, juveniles were playing a prank called ding-dong-ditch, where they ring the doorbell and run away,” then-LASD spokesman Steve Whitmore said, noting there were reportedly 15 to 20 kids involved.

When they pulled their prank on Pak’s home, he “ran after the juveniles trying to identify them,” Whitmore said. “Apparently, three of the kids were physically larger than the others and turned toward Pak in a threatening manner,

“The deputy identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and fired a warning shot in the air.” Whitmore said the case could involve criminal negligence of a weapon.

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