Decomposing Body And 1,200 Guns Found At Pacific Palisades Home
A decomposing body found in an SUV led police to uncover a massive stockpile of guns and ammo inside of an upscale Westside home.
On Friday afternoon, LAPD found the body of a man inside an SUV parked just down the street from his Pacific Palisades home with no indication of foul play. When police searched the man's home they were greeted by another bizarre twist when they found more than 1,200 guns and 2 tons of ammo stockpiled inside the man's home and garage. The personal arsenal included high-end pistols, shotguns and rifles, many of which had never been used and some still in their boxes with price tags, according to the L.A. Times.
Coroner's officials have not released the identity of the man or how he died. Meanwhile, the police are still baffled as to why he had gathered so many guns and boxes of ammo. Investigators are working with the LAPD Detective Bureau's gun detail to determine the origin and legality of the firearms. According to LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, "It's not a crime to have a large number of weapons so long as they were legal to own and legally obtained. We want to make sure that's the case."
LAPD has said that there were no initial indications that the man had any criminal motives for the stockpile, and they don't believe he was smuggling the weapons or plotting any sort of attack. Neighbors told NBC that the man claimed to be affiliated with the CIA and the military, and that he "worked for the Vice President."