A 70-year-old retired Los Angeles police detective was charged this week with assault with a semiautomatic handgun after a parking lot confrontation in South L.A.
The charge against Charles Tizano for the alleged incident last month also includes an allegation of personally using a firearm, the L.A. County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Tizano got into a dispute with the driver of a vehicle blocking the exit of a parking lot at West Adams Boulevard and South Broadway on Sept. 6, prosecutors said. When a bystander tried to intervene, Tizano is accused of pointing the handgun at the person.
The former detective faces a possible maximum sentence of 19 years in state prison if convicted as charged. Prosecutors are requesting bail of $125,000.
The case remains under investigation by the LAPD.
Tizano is not the only former LAPD officer who has found himself in trouble with the law recently.