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Felon Charged After Shooting at North of Montana Home

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By Lookout Staff

January 25, 2021 -- A shot fired at an inhabited North of Montana home led police to a neighboring residence where they arrested the suspect and confiscated a small cache of weapons.

Jason Scott Walsh, 32, was charged on January 12 with discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and possession of firearms by a felon, Police said.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that took place at around 9 p.m. on January 9 near the 400 block of 19th Street, said Lt. Rudy Flores.

Jason Walsh
Jason Walsh (Courtesy SMPD)

A resident called police after "hearing a 'popping' sound and finding what he believed to be a bullet hole in the wall of his garage," Flores said.

Responding officers were speaking to the resident when they "heard two additional muffled sounds coming from the residence just east of them on 20th Street."

Officers contacted Walsh, who lives on 20th Street directly behind the residence, and conducted a protective sweep of his home "to ensure there was no one in need of medical assistance."

Police did not locate any victims but found a firearm silencer/suppressor, which is illegal to own or possess in California, Flores said.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) obtained a warrant to search Walsh’s residence and found an AR-15 style assault rifle and two 9mm handguns, loaded and with attached suppressors, Flores said.

They also found an ammunition re-loading device used for manufacturing ammunition and various unassembled assault rifle parts.

Walsh was taken into custody and charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney with negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm with outstanding felony warrant and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was also charged with possession of an assault weapon and possession of a silencer, Flores said. Bail was set at $35,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified of the arrest and will review the incident for possible federal charges, Flores said.

Anyone with any information related to the investigation should call Detective D. Haro at (310) 458-8432 or the Criminal Investigations Division of the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8451.

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