Big Dem Arrested For Selling Guns Used In School Shooting
by Liza Carlisle
October 29, 2022
The guns used in the Roxborough High School shooting have surfaced again in a disturbing manner. The shooting at the high school on September 27 claimed the life of 14-year-old Nicholas Elizalde, whose family has been hoping for arrests and justice. An arrest has now been made, but rather than being in regard to the shooting it is of the fate of the guns used.
A deputy sheriff has been arrested by federal agents in Philadelphia after the law enforcement official was caught on video selling two guns that were used in a school shooting. The two guns were used in the deadly shooting after a football scrimmage at Roxborough High School.According to court documents, both of the firearms sold during that transaction were traced by law enforcement and were found to have been used in the Sept. 27 shooting in Roxborough that killed a 14-year-old boy and injured four other teens.
Deputy Sheriff Samir Ahmad then tried to cash in on the tragic shooting by selling the guns used in the attack. Ahmad was a deputy sheriff in the city of Philadelphia from 2018-2022.
Fox News shared photos taken on a law enforcement device of the transaction. There was disbelief on the part of the family members of the slain teen. Marking the one-month anniversary of her son Nicholas Elizalde’s killing, Meredith Elizalde, holding back tears, declined comment Friday. On the phone, the boy’s grandmother said she was outraged by the photo, Fox News stated.
Federal agents recorded Ahmad accepting $3,000 for the sale of these two, semi-automatic Glocks as well as ammunition, from a federal informant.
“As alleged, Samir Ahmad abused his authority – to the greatest extent possible – as a sworn law enforcement officer,” said U.S. Attorney Romero.
“The defendant was allegedly sold firearms on the street, and for the sake of putting money in his pocket, was willing to put deadly firearms into the hands of someone he knew was prohibited by law from possessing them. “Working with our law enforcement partners, we are doing all that we can to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence.”
“The idea of a sworn public servant so blatantly undermining public safety is reprehensible,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
“Philadelphia is awash in illegal guns, which are being used to commit violent crimes, so every weapon we can take off the street and every trafficker we can lock up makes a difference. “The FBI and our partners will continue to do everything in our power to make this city safer.”
“The result of this investigation is the paradigm of collaboration between our local, state, and federal partners,” said Eric Degree, Acting Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division.
“We cannot let the gun violence we are seeing become the norm.
“We will continue to use our expertise to identify, investigate, and incarcerate those who commit and those who facilitate the violent firearm crimes that plague our streets.”
“These weapons are durable,” Adam Garber of CeaseFirePA told FOX 29’s Jeff Cole. “Once they are out there in the community, they’ll get sold and trafficked again and again and more lives will be lost.”
Ahmad is the son of the late anti-violence advocate-Sultan Ahmad, Jr. who founded The Sultan Jihad Ahmad Community Foundation after his 15-year-old son was shot and killed in 1992.
DOJ issued a statement that said:
“United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Samir Ahmad, 29, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged by Criminal Complaint with firearms trafficking and selling firearms to a person unlawfully in the United States, arising from his sale of two semi-automatic pistols to a confidential informant while he was employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office.
“According to the court documents, Ahmad was employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office beginning in February 2018.
“In October 2022, when Ahmad was a sworn law enforcement officer as a Deputy Sheriff, he allegedly sold two semi-automatic pistols and ammunition to a confidential informant.
“During the exchange, the informant explained to Ahmad that he was unlawfully in the United States and that he could ‘get deported’ if he was caught in possession of a gun. “As detailed in the Criminal Complaint, Ahmad responded, simply: ‘You don’t got to worry about none of that.’ “The defendant made $3,000 from the sale of the firearms.
“On October 19, 2022, Ahmad was terminated from employment with the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office and arrested by federal agents. “The investigation is ongoing. “If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison,” DOJ said.
“The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General, and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Jeanette Kang and Justin T. Ashenfelter,” Slay News reported the DOJ said.
The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Twitter saying that he was served a 30-day notice of intent to dismiss. The investigation is ongoing.