- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

A San Francisco police officer is facing two felony gun charges for allegedly building and possessing a banned AR-15 rifle.

Officer Thomas Abrahamsen, 50, turned himself in to San Francisco County jail on Tuesday and appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, ending a yearlong investigation, The San Francisco Examiner reported.

Officer Abrahamsen, an 18-year veteran of the department, pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance, provided he turn over all guns and weapons, The Examiner reported.

SFPD spokesman Sergeant Michael Andraychak said the officer faces one felony count of manufacture of an assault weapon and one felony count of possession of an assault weapon.

Officer Abrahamsen has also been placed on unpaid administrative leave, Sgt. Andraychak said.

The department said internal affairs began an investigation last summer after receiving information from other members of the police department about Officer Abrahamsen’s weapon.

“In the spirit of the ‘Not on My Watch’ initiative, department members will continue to hold each other accountable and will act swiftly to report any behavior that might bring dishonor to the Police Department,” acting police Chief Toney Chaplin said in a statement, The Examiner reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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