A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) investigation into the death of a man led to the discovery of over 1,200 firearms and about two tons of ammunition in his Pacific Palisades home, officials said Monday. Police responded to a call last week alerting them about a decomposing body inside a vehicle parked near the house.
Authorities reportedly found high-end pistols, shotguns and rifles, many of which were never fired. Some were still packed in boxes with price tags on them, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was a “staggering number of guns,” Cmdr. Andrew Smith said, according to the LA Times.
"Our truck couldn't carry it all," Smith said adding, "We had to go back and make another trip."
An LAPD bomb squad was called to determine whether the police could go ahead with their investigation after the discovery of the large number of weapons, according to KTLA 5, a local news network. Authorities reportedly ordered the evacuation of nearby houses for about 12 hours Saturday while the search was underway.
Police reportedly did not identify the dead man and said they did not suspect foul play. The authorities also said there was no evidence to connect the man to any criminal activity, the Associated Press reported. The LAPD is also working on determining the origin and legality of the firearms.
"We have a lot of work to do," Smith reportedly said. "Running the background, history and legality of these weapons is going to require a tremendous amount of time."