Police impersonator robs man at gunpoint

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Slocomb, AL (WSFA) – It's a scary thought—a man is impersonating a police officer in Slocomb and Geneva County.

It's something one Slocomb resident saw first hand, but he didn't know it at the time.

"I was speeding like 5 or 6 miles over the speed limit, and I looked in my rearview mirror. I saw him hit his breaks, and I was like 'Oh gosh, I'm about to get a ticket'. But he just kept going," said Ryan Tidwell.

Tidwell said, at the time, he considered himself lucky that he didn't get a ticket, but now he's also lucky he didn't fall victim to what he now knows was a police imposter.

Slocomb Police Chief Don White said, "So many police officers work hard and take pride in their badge, their oath, and the job they do. And it takes one individual to make us all look bad."

White says a man posing as a police officer has pulled over three different cars in Slocomb and Geneva County in the past week. One of those stops turned violent.

"He used a firearm, and he pulled over a man and robbed him at gunpoint," said White.

The victims were all pulled over by a White Ford Crown Victoria with a spotlight as well as red and blue flashing lights.

Trista Boutwell, a Slocomb resident, said, "It scares me knowing that someone who is supposed to be there to protect you is really not who they say they are."

Police say there are ways to make sure you don't fall victim to this kind of crime.

If an unmarked car attempts to pull you over, drive to a well lit and well populated area, and, if possible, call 911 to make sure it's a real officer.

White said, "When an individual uses our profession to do wrong, it really makes us that more dedicated to be better at our jobs."

Police have stopped several cars matching the description, but so far, they don't have any suspects.

If you see anything suspicious, you should call Slocomb Police at 334-886-3333.

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