Case # 18NM09112
Date: July 12, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputy was arraigned today for child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm after placing his loaded duty weapon in a child’s backpack.
Defendant: Manuel Murillo, 37, Ontario
Charged on June 6, 2018, with the following misdemeanor counts:
- Child endangerment by caretaker
- 2nd degree criminal storage of a firearm
- 3rd degree criminal storage of a firearm
Maximum Sentence: One year in county jail
Pre-trial hearing on Aug. 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. at Department N-9, North Justice Center, Fullerton
Circumstances of the Case
- On April 11, 2018, off-duty LASD Deputy Murillo is accused of placing his loaded firearm into his 8-year-old relative’s backpack and driving to drop the child off with the child’s caretaker.
- The caretaker was made aware of the firearm approximately 25 minutes after Murillo left and contacted the Fullerton Police Department (FPD).
- FPD investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Devin Campbell, Special Prosecutions Unit.