Mo. man accused of impersonating police officer

PECULIAR, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with impersonating an officer after two separate incidents earlier this week, including one that authorities say featured an armed confrontation with a shotgun-toting teenager.

Beaudonavan Martin Jr., 21, of Peculiar, also is facing two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon after victims in both cases said the man who pulled them over Tuesday night was brandishing a handgun.

In the first incident, a man told police the suspect was “cussing and very angry” during the encounter.

In the second, a teenage couple driving south of Kansas City thought something was wrong when a car came up close behind them and started flashing its lights, so they called a friend and asked him to have a shotgun ready in case there was trouble, The Kansas City Star reported ( ).

When they arrived at the friend’s location, the victims said the man following them got out of his vehicle holding a handgun and flashlight. He ordered the teen with the shotgun to drop it.

The victims said the man told them he was a deputy sheriff and they were in trouble for their driving, but he didn’t have a badge or other identification to show them.

The suspect holstered his handgun after the teen put the shotgun down, then told the mother of one of the teens — who had come out to see what was going on — that she was lucky her son wasn’t dead, court documents show.

Martin later denied to investigators that he was involved in the stops, but admitted he wanted to be a “cop,” according to the documents. He said his father was a deputy in California and he “knew how things worked.”

Online court records do not indicate whether Martin has obtained an attorney.


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