A fake cop recently pulled over real state police officers in New Mexico.
Here’s what gave him away.
John Shelton was wearing a t-shirt and jeans and had a pistol affixed to
his right hip when he pulled over two undercover cops for speeding in an unmarked New
Mexico State Police Ford truck. Shelton claimed to be an emergency medical
tech and a fire fighter. At the time, the agents advised Shelton that
he should not conduct unauthorized traffic stops before they rushed on
to their official police business.
Coincidentally, Shelton later drove by the location the same officers had
ended up at – by then they had learned that Shelton was an imposter.
They flagged Shelton down and questioned him before arresting him for
impersonating a law enforcement officer.
You may want to learn more about the case or to contact the New Mexico
State Police with any useful information. More importantly, remember to be vigilant during any supposed police
If you’re being pulled over, it’s okay for you to drive into
a well-lit place where there will be witnesses. If the cop car looks old
or in bad condition, or if it is missing identification decals, flashing
lights, and sirens, it may be a fake cop car. If you feel suspicious,
consider calling a 911 dispatcher to verify the officer’s identity.
Never allow yourself to be coerced into giving information to or following
orders from somebody claiming to be a cop on the Internet. Finally, if
a supposed cop wants to enter your house, ask for a warrant and be extra careful.
The defense lawyers at The Kyle Law Firm are dedicated to protecting your
rights during unfair criminal investigations. If you or somebody you care
about is facing criminal charges,
reach out to us immediately for a completely free case assessment.