Mississippi Police Hold Suspected Impersonator

He has not been charged
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2012 7:21 PM CDT
Mississippi Police Hold Suspected Impersonator
A DeSoto County Sheriff car patrols along Mississippi Highway 301 Tuesday.   (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Stan Carroll)

Police in Mississippi have taken into a custody a man suspected of posing as a police officer in the wake of two fatal shootings, report WLBT3 and WJTV12 of Jackson. Police detained a 45-year-old Yazoo City man after two more motorists reported being pulled over last night. Both drivers got suspicious and drove off before the man got to their vehicle. One noted an upside down state flag on the suspect's vanity plate, and police later spotted the vehicle and took James Lucas into custody. He has not been charged.

One bizarre twist: One of the witnesses said the suspect got out of his car with a gun in his hand, which prompted the witness to drive off. The other man pursued him, however, and the witness then pulled out his own gun and fired at the pursuing car. He apparently didn't hit the driver, but he did manage to escape and give police the information about the license plate. Police found fake badges and handcuffs where the man was staying, notes WLBT. (More Mississippi stories.)

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