Contra Costa County deputy sheriff arrested in illegal firearms case

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A Contra Costa County deputy sheriff has been arrested in connection with an illegal firearms case.

Deputy Matthew Buckley, 41, of Pinole, is facing two counts of felony grand theft of a firearm, two counts of receiving stolen property, felony unlicensed transfer of a firearm, felony filing a false report, destroying/concealing evidence and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The 15-year department veteran’s arrest followed an investigation that included a search warrant at a residence where evidence was seized, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Buckley is being held in custody in lieu of $175,000 bail. He is on paid administrative leave from the Sheriff’s Office.

Further details about the investigation weren’t immediatley known.

“When we were first apprised of the allegations, we immediately started an investigation,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston. “No one is above the law and employees of the Sheriff’s Office who violate the law will be held accountable. I am disappointed but this arrest is not a reflection of the many outstanding employees of the Sheriff’s Office.”

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.