(Adds upgrade to felony charge in paragraph 5)
LOS ANGELES May 11 Dennis Farina, a former
policeman who built a Hollywood career playing detectives, was
arrested on Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport for
carrying a loaded gun on his way to board a plane, police
Farina, 64, told police he brought the .22 caliber,
semi-automatic pistol with him on a drive from Arizona to Los
Angeles and forgot it was in his briefcase when he tried to
pass through airport security, police said in a statement.
He was scheduled to take a United Airlines flight to his
home in Chicago.
"Farina was very apologetic and cooperative with officers,"
police said. "However, he had no apparent authority to carry a
concealed weapon at the time of his arrest."
The actor was initially booked on one misdemeanor count of
carrying a loaded firearm and bail was set at $25,000. The
charge was upgraded later to a felony after police confirmed
the gun was not registered, and bail was raised to $35,000.
Farina was a Chicago police officer for nearly 20 years
before taking up acting in the 1980s. He has starred in movies
such as "Get Shorty" and "Sidewalks of New York" and is perhaps
best known in the role of New York Detective Joe Fontana on the
popular television crime series, "Law & Order."
(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)