Social media post alleging fake Limestone County deputies turns out to be false

Social media post alleging fake Limestone County deputies turns out to be false

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says a recent social media post claiming two men posing as law enforcement officers were stopping people turned out to be false.

Investigators were able to identify the two men as on-duty Athens Police Department detectives who were searching for someone at a residence when the “victim” pulled up to the residence.

The man who allegedly claimed he was pursued by two suspicious men in a Pontiac allegedly posing as police officers did not file a report with the sheriff’s office.

However, a post on Facebook about it early last week got a lot of attention from concerned residents.

Investigators eventually determined that the two men were APD detectives driving an unmarked sport utility vehicle, not a Pontiac, and that the man referenced in the Facebook post had pulled up to a residence where they were searching for someone.

“All indications are that there were no people posing as law enforcement officers and contacting citizens in Limestone County,” said Blakely. “Anyone who is contacted by a person they think is posing as a law enforcement officer should immediately file a police report instead of only posting about the incident on social media. This can often avoid misunderstandings that alarm residents unnecessarily.”

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