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February 05 08:44 PM

Man Arrested For Impersonating Officer

Police arrest man for false impersonation - By Chris Redford

A man who police say claimed to be with LAPD is behind bars charged with false impersonation of a police officer. 

Will Stafford, 55, is also charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

Shreveport police say it all started with a very minor traffic accident in the 400 block of E. Boulevard Street. 

Investigators say Stafford was the passenger in his own pickup truck when the man driving backed out of a driveway and hit a car parked across the street.

Police say when the owners of the parked car voiced concerns, Stafford jumped out of the truck, grabbed a fake badge and a rig belt then threatened the owners.

Officers say the neighbors became fearful because they had reportedly seen Stafford with a gun earlier Tuesday afternoon.

When officers arrived on scene, Stafford reportedly told them he worked for LAPD.  Police say he has never been a commissioned law enforcement officer. The badge was had the word California on it, but it was not an LAPD badge.

The driver of Stafford's truck was taken to police headquarters on suspicion of DWI.  

Stafford became extremely angry while in the patrol car.  He started throwing his body all around the backseat, screaming and calling officers all kinds of vulgar names.

He was booked into the Shreveport city jail.




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