LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Thursday announced the department is investigating whether a deputy was involved in last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.
“I am very concerned one of my deputies may have been involved in wrongdoing at the U.S. Capitol. Upon learning, I contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and briefed them. Additionally, we have initiated an administrative inquiry into the matter,” Sheriff Villanueva said in a statement.
Sheriff Villanueva’s announcement comes on the same week Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore also announced the LAPD was working to identify officers who may have attended the Trump rally in D.C., or the subsequent insurrection at the Capitol.
"This department met yesterday [Monday] with all of our senior staff and we have instructed that if we learn of anyone who has traveled to this event, the president's remarks, or was present in Washington, D.C. on January 6th, that we're to identify them and identify their involvement," Moore said.
The local fallout of those who allegedly participated in last week’s insurrection continued for two other local men.
On Wednesday, a 20-year-old Glendora man was accused of participating in the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol. Hunter Allen Ehmke was taken into custody at his home by FBI agents and local police officers, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.