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Man posing as police officer suspected of killing drivers in Mississippi

Mississippi authorities believe a police impersonator has tricked victims into pulling over to the side of the road before shooting them.

District attorney for DeSoto County, Miss., John Champion, at podium, speaks at a news conference discussing two highway shootings in north Mississippi
District attorney for DeSoto County, Miss., John Champion, at podium, speaks at a news conference discussing two highway shootings in north Mississippi
Image: Adrian Sainz/AP/Press Association Images

POLICE IN MISSISSIPPI say that a man posing as a police officer could be responsible for killing two people this month.

It is believed that the impersonator has been pulling over drivers late at night before shooting them dead by the roadside. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is appealing for information after two such shootings in May, the Washington Post reports.

MBI Director Lieutenant Colonel Larry Waggoner said the authorities were concerned “that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road.”

On 8 May, 74-year-old Thomas Schlender was found dead in his car on a Mississippi highway, and three days later 48-year-old Lori Anne Carswell was discovered dead outside her car on another stretch of highway, CNN reports.

Motorists have been advised to call 911 to confirm that a legitimate officer is pulling them over if they feel uneasy, and to wait to find a bright, crowded area if they asked to pull over.

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