The judge also ordered the sheriff’s department to turn over any items seized in the searches to the state Attorney General’s Office, which has taken over the investigation.
Attorney General Rob Bonta ordered the sheriff’s department to “cease its investigative activity” in the case and pass along any evidence to his office.
The judge wants answers about how the warrant was obtained before allowing some portions of the search to go forward.
Kuehl—who has clashed repeatedly with Sheriff Alex Villanueva and called for his resignation—told reporters she was escorted from her home in Santa Monica at around 7 a.m.
If voters approve it in November, the ballot measure would give the board the power to remove a sheriff “for cause” on a four-fifths vote of the five-member panel.
The LA County Sheriff is independently elected, but the proposal would give county supervisors the ability to remove him or her “for cause” such as misconduct or misappropriation of public funds.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said LA County could see as many as 50,000 concealed-carry permits ultimately issued, a staggering increase over past years.
An internal assessment about threats to Sheriff Alex Villanueva sparked the idea for a helipad above his home, but the department reportedly didn’t get the needed OKs before starting work.
Villanueva condemned the proposal, calling it a “death blow to public safety” that would result in the firing 4,000 members of his department.
A group of people entered the store Friday, walked directly to the tool aisle and stole various sledgehammers, crowbars and hammers, authorities said.