Ex-LA deputy who fired gun into the air to scare pranksters avoids jail

LA County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle.
LA County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle. Courtesy LA County Sheriff's Department

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy won't be sent to jail for firing a gun into the air after a group of children pranked him at his Santa Clarita Valley home.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Sung Jin Pak pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor count of negligent discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to five days of community service. He could have faced up to a year in jail.

Pak also must attend Alcoholics Anonymous classes for six months and cannot possess any firearms.

Authorities say Pak allegedly chased after a group of children and fired into the air after the youngsters repeatedly rang his doorbell as a prank last October.

Pak was suspended after his arrest and retired in June.

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