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L.A. County sheriff's deputy is charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend with a handgun [Updated]

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a handgun after he initially stuck the weapon in his mouth and pulled the trigger, authorities said Thursday. DELACERNA, SEAN PAUL

Sean Paul Delacerda, 26, of Fullerton was charged Tuesday with using a firearm to assault his ex-girlfriend after accusing her of cheating, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Delacerda faces one felony count each of assault with a firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery.

On Sunday, Delacerda allegedly entered the Fullerton home of the woman, whom he had dated for two months, without her permission. She was not home, prosecutors said.

When she arrived, Delacerda pulled out the gun, loaded one bullet into the cylinder and forced the woman to show him her e-mails. The woman tried to flee as the deputy was reading the messages, prosecutors said. 

Delacerda allegedly tackled the woman, climbed on top of her and covered her mouth as she screamed. He then put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger -- it clicked but did not fire, prosecutors said.

He then allegedly pointed the weapon at the woman and pushed her into a closet while he continued to pore over her e-mails. She finally escaped in her car and drove away as he chased after her, prosecutors said.

Delacerda was arrested a short while later. If convicted, he faces up to 18 years in prison. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned May 7 at the Fullerton courthouse.

[Updated at 4:42 p.m.: Delacerda has been relieved of duty while the criminal case proceeds, and an administrative investigation will be conducted after the criminal proceedings end, said Sgt. Edmuno Hummel of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.]

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Sean Paul Delacerda in a booking photo.

Credit: Orange County district attorney's office.

Comments () | Archives (10)

Are you kidding me? They gave this man a gun and a badge, just so he could go out and commit a violent crime and then try to kill himself! What is wrong with the psychologist who passed him on his psych eval for LASD? It looks like this guy was just a jealous kid who had a lot of growing up to do! He should know better!

Another of the public's gods has broken the law the big time.

If they let this disturbed pyscho, Mr. Delecerda out on bail, he will go back and kill her and then we will read about it and ask "how did this happen?" He is a depraved sicko and needs to be locked up NOW and for the next 18 years, MINIMUM.

Just another cop doing what he wants. On full pay.

L.A Times believes in censorship.

What a winner!!! They should post this in every police station and sheriffs station in the area. Another hurdle to jump over for the cops.

Ladies, learn from this woman!!!! DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH COPS!!!! If you do, learn to live in fear.

I know the Sheriff's Dept like any law enforcement agency has an extensive background investigation and processing before you get hired. How this lunatic beat it all of it and made it onto the Dept is beyond me. I guess they have lowered standards with the LASD.

I feel safer. Don't you?

The L.A.P.D. and the Sheriff's Dept. have both lowered their hiring standards in order to put more officers on the street but this could prove to be a costly error if unfit persons are given a badge and a gun. Though unfortunate for the young lady involved it's good that Delecerda's outrageous and insane behavior has been discovered now before he committed any more serious crimes while in uniform.
The ex-girlfriend is probably getting plenty of calls from personal injury lawyers who are urging her to sue the L.A.P.D. for her pain and suffering at the hands of someone she trusted because he was one of L.A.'s finest.

This makes me sick! The psych passes this man and yet I had to appeal the psychs decision who interviewed and failed me because my young son is autistic! I won though and now awaiting an academy... These psychs need to be evaluated.


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