Man pulled over by police impersonator

Phoenix Police say these types of situations are dangerous just because you don't know what the intentions of the cop impersonator might be. They are now investigating the case.

It's close to 11 p.m. Sunday night and this man, a FOX 10 employee who doesn't want to be identified, was on his way home when he was pulled over near 32nd Street and Larkspur by someone he thought was a police officer.

"The driver inside flashed this rectangular strobe light at me," he said.

But as soon as the man got out of his truck and began to approach his car, he began to feel something wasn't right. "He got out of the car, looked like a cop uniform that Phoenix Police officers wear including a flack vest, a bullet-proof vest."

"Then I realized there were no patches on the uniform, and I said who are you, he said 'a detective,' and I said who with, and he said 'I'm just a detective,' he wouldn't identify which agency he was with."

The whole ordeal was pretty frightening for this man. Phoenix Police are now investigating, but they say an officer will always identify what agency they are from, their name, and even their badge number if you ask. They say if in doubt call 911.

"Our 911 operators can immediately confirm it is a real officer stopping you," said Officer Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix Police Department.
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