The chief of police in Taneytown, Maryland pleaded guilty to the illegal transfer and possession of machine guns.
According to the plea, William Tyler, 55, transferred two .223 caliber machine guns from the police department to himself and another officer for personal use in 2017.
On January 15, 2019, FBI and ATF officials recovered the firearms from the residence of Tyler and the other officer. In an interview with investigators, Tyler lied about firing the machine gun. Further investigation revealed that he did fire the gun.
“When there’s evidence suggesting that someone’s violated the law. Whether that person wears a badge and has a service weapon — a police officer or not — we’re going to follow that evidence in order to uphold the law,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Hur.
Tyler faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.