Crime

What you should do if you think someone is impersonating a police officer

Three days after a man was shot in the head by one of two men who knocked on the door of his Ticknor Drive home falsely claiming to be police officers, Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick is advising the public about ways to determine if someone is impersonating an officer.

Slouchick said people in law enforcement are normally in uniform, but there are other ways to determine their identify if they are not.

“Most of the time, they are going to be in uniform,” he said. “If they aren’t, ask for their ID.”

Residents can also call 911 if they believe the person knocking on their door claiming to be an officer is an imposter, Slouchick said.

“Tell them there is someone outside your door claiming to be a police officer,” Slouchick said. “They’ll send an officer out there to investigate.”

Slouchick said that impersonating a police officer is a serious crime, adding that the latest incident landed a man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

He said investigators are still trying to identify the two men who knocked on the front door of a home in the 100 block of Ticknor Drive at midnight Tuesday falsely identifying themselves as police officers.

The resident opened the door but quickly tried to close it when he noticed that the men weren’t in law enforcement. The suspects were trying to force their ways into the home when one of them fired a weapon, shooting the victim in the crown of his head.

The victim is still in critical condition at Midtown Medical Center, Slouchick said Friday morning.

Authorities said the motive behind the shooting is still unclear and no detailed suspect descriptions are available.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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