Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Laguna Beach police officer has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for pulling out a gun and holding it to the back of the head of a fellow officer following a night of drinking.

Luke Christian Gilbertson, 35, pleaded not guilty today to one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and one felony enhancement of the personal use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He faces a maximum sentence of 19 years in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Gilbertson has been released on $50,000 bail.

On September 23, 2019, Gilbertson was with three other Laguna Beach police officers and a police dispatcher at a pool party and barbeque and then went to two other locations to drink alcohol. The group was in the same vehicle on the way home from a Santa Ana bar when Gilbertson is accused of pulling a handgun from his holster and holding it at the head of a fellow police officer.

No one was injured.

Gilbertson is no longer a member of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

“It is unacceptable for an Officer of the law to behave in a way that so blatantly disregards the well-being of another human. No one is above the law, especially a police officer who was entrusted to protect the innocent,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

Deputy District Attorney Tara Meath of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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