Domestic violence call leads to seizure of 31 firearms, 10,000 rounds of ammo in Indio

(Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.)

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department seized over thirty firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition from an Indio home this week following a domestic disturbance call in the city of La Quinta.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday evening on Palm Drive in La Quinta, according to a news release. The suspect, Dennis Upton, 51-years-old of Indio, fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement and was not located.

The next day, Upton was located and interviewed at the Thermal Station. An emergency protective order was granted and served. A requirement of an emergency protective order is to surrender all firearms and ammunition. Upton refused to relinquish his firearms and ammunition.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team authored a search warrant for Upton’s residence, located on Seacliff Court, in the city of Indio. During the search warrant, approximately thirty-one firearm arms were located and seized, most of which were unregistered. Additionally, an estimated 10,000 rounds of ammunition were located and seized.

Upton was booked at the county jail in Indio.