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ATF investigating Roseville officer for illegal sale of firearms

Officer placed on administrative leave
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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A Roseville Police officer is under investigation for allegedly purchasing firearms and illegally selling the guns, police said Friday. Sgt. Cal Walstad of the Roseville Police Department confirmed that an officer within the department is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Helen Dunkel, spokeswoman for ATF, said several search warrants were served throughout the Sacramento region Thursday in partnership with the Sacramento Sherriff’s office and Sacramento Police Department. She could not specify where or how many officers are being investigated. “Because it is an ongoing investigation, I can’t provide any further details,” Dunkel said. The name of the Roseville police officer suspected in illegally selling firearms has not been released. Roseville Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said no charges have been filed against the officer. Dunkel said indictments are expected to be handed down, but “not anytime soon.” “When there are indictments and they become unsealed, we can release more information,” Dunkel said. Dunkel could not elaborate on when those indictments are expected, but added that they will be “way down the road.” The ATF has partnered with the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department and the Sacramento Police Department in the federal investigation. Sena Christian contributed to this report. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.