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Booby-Trapped Gun Mailed to Deputy

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials are investigating whether street gang members or other deputies mailed a booby-trapped gun to a sergeant, according to Sheriff Sherman Block.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram said the investigation centers around the sheriff’s Lynwood station, where allegations have surfaced about deputies forming a clique with gang-like characters they call the “Vikings” and harassing superiors.

Block told the newspaper that detectives were focusing on two theories--that either street gang members or other deputies were responsible for the incident this fall.

Sheriff’s sources said that in late September the Lynwood sergeant received a box in the mail that contained a small caliber handgun rigged so it would go off in the face of whoever opened the package.

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The sergeant was unpopular with Lynwood deputies and, additionally, had been involved in the shooting of a gang member, the sources said. The sergeant, who had received mailed death threats, grew suspicious and called the bomb squad.


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