Dyer man shoots at suspected police impostor

2012-01-06T10:45:00Z 2012-01-07T01:55:04Z Dyer man shoots at suspected police impostorBy Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | An 18-year-old Dyer man shot twice at a man who posed as a police officer Thursday night in the 600 block of 177th Street, police said.

The Dyer man pulled his car over about 8:30 p.m. when a man driving a dark Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon appeared to be making a traffic stop. The SUV with Indiana license plates had activated red and blue windshield and grille lights and strobe lights in its headlights, according to a police report.

A Hispanic male, wearing a six-point star on a chain around his neck, blue cargo pants with a reflective strip on the top of the pants pocket and a black long-sleeved shirt, asked the Dyer man to step out of his car and hand over his wallet. The victim grew suspicious, and when he returned to his car, he brandished his gun from a holster on his hip, according to a police report.

"The victim realized it was a hoax," Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

He got out of his car with his handgun and shot twice at the supposed officer, who then got in his car, made a U-turn and fled west on 177th before turning north on Harrison Avenue.

The Dyer man was not arrested for discharging his weapon, Miller said.

He said it appears the supposed officer had knowledge of police procedures. But state law requires that officers making traffic stops must either be uniformed or driving a fully marked vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the detective bureau at (219) 852-2906.

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