Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joel Nebel was charged Tuesday, Dec. 13, with unlawfully firing his handgun at his home last year, District Attorney George Gascón announced.
“Officers are entrusted with the safety of our community. When they act recklessly, endangering lives of the public, we will demand accountability,” Gascón said in a news release. “We are very fortunate that no one was injured during this incident, but it could have easily ended in tragedy.”
Nebel was charged with one felony count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 7 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
On July 27, 2021, Nebel was off-duty and was in his backyard when he allegedly fired several rounds from his handgun. One of the rounds struck Nebel’s television and another struck a neighboring home but no one was injured, prosecutors said in the news release, which did not give Nebel’s city of residence.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.