Dublin: Crash leads to discovery of untraceable gun assembled from online kit by man who allegedly searched for ‘violence and torture’ online

OAKLAND — A 29-year-old man is facing federal gun possession charges after a May 7 hit and run crash led to the discovery of an untraceable pistol that had been ordered online and assembled, according to court records.

Tyler Ehrman was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a federal offense that carries up to 10 years in prison. The gun was reportedly discovered after Ehrman allegedly crashed into several cars, then struck a pole in Dublin, while driving a BMW with a mismatched plate from New Jersey, authorities allege.

Ehrman was not allowed to have a gun due to a prior robbery conviction, according to the criminal complaint. But the type of gun police allegedly found on him can be easily acquired online.

The untraceable “ghost” pistol police allegedly discovered in Ehrman’s BMW is known as a “P80,” and it’s becoming one of the most common guns for officers to find in the possession of felons. The guns can be ordered online in a kit that comes 80 percent assembled, meaning the person who orders it simply has to complete the final few steps to make the gun fully functional. The owner is supposed to put a serial number on the gun, but there’s no way for law enforcement to ensure that actually happens.

On parole from state prison since July 2020, Ehrman has had several contacts with police between then and his May 7 arrest. They include an incident in November where he allegedly showed a law enforcement officer a video of a person being beheaded and talked about witnessing a murder in prison. The following month, police learned Ehrman had searched the terms, “’glock 18 extended magazine size’; ‘severed head’; ‘severed limbs’, as well as other search terms indicating an interest in violence and torture,” prosecutors wrote in court records.

In February, he crashed his car into two pedestrians in San Mateo, injuring them, but stayed in the area and cooperated with police, authorities said. In April, an undercover officer struck up a conversation with Ehrman at an autobody shop where he was getting the BMW fixed, and Ehrman showed the officer a “red dot” sighting accessory that he said was for his gun, prosecutors allege.

At his first court date May 10, Ehrman was read his rights and advised of the charges. He remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is next due in court on Friday before a federal magistrate judge.

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