Police: Man with badge, guns isn’t a cop

JACKSON CENTER, Ohio (WDTN) – A Logan County man has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

Michael L. Walters, of Degraff Ohio, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation conducted by the Jackson Center Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office.
Michael L. Walters, of Degraff Ohio, was arrested March 4 after an investigation conducted by the Jackson Center Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office.

Michael L. Walters, of Degraff Ohio, was arrested March 4 after an investigation conducted by the Jackson Center Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office.

The investigation started when co-workers of Walters contacted police and told them he was telling people he was a U.S. Marshal.

When Walters was taken into custody, he was wearing an authentic U.S. Marshals shirt and badge.

Firearms, ammunition, handcuffs, emergency lighting, and other police restricted equipment and clothing were found in his car.

The guns were registered to Walters, and he said he bought the shirt, badge, and police equipment online.

Guns, ammunition, and other items police found inside Michael Walters car when he was arrested for impersonating a police officer. (WDTN Photo/Alexa Ashwell)
Guns, ammunition, and other items police found inside Michael Walters car when he was arrested for impersonating a police officer. (WDTN Photo/Alexa Ashwell)

Walters told offices he did it because he wanted to be a police officer.

Investigators said they have no knowledge of Walters having contact with anyone while pretending to be an officer, but are asking anyone who did, to call their local police department.

Walters was booked into the Shelby County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a police officer. He has since been released on bond.

 

 

 

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