Dennis Shevchenko, 40, works as a community service officer but does not have arrest powers, Police Chief Anthony Mata said during a news conference. Shevchenko has been employed with the department since 2012.
The FBI informed the police department about its investigation Oct. 14, and Shevchenko was arrested that night while on duty, Mata said.
“This incident is unfortunate, and I am extremely disappointed that an employee in our organization may have harbored and spread these hateful messages,” Mata told reporters.
During a search of Shevchenko’s home, investigators seized multiple firearms and other items, Mata said. Shevchenko faces charges of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a concealed dirk or dagger.