Miss. Cops to Drivers: Don't Pull Over for Flashing Lights

It may be fake cop behind highway murders
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2012 1:51 AM CDT
Updated May 16, 2012 2:16 AM CDT
Miss. Cops to Drivers: Don't Pull Over for Flashing Lights
Police suggest calling a dispatcher if you have doubts about the vehicle pulling you over.   (Shutterstock)

If you're in Mississippi and a car with flashing lights tries to pull you over, just keep driving, police say. Two people were shot dead near their cars in the space of a few days, and investigators suspect somebody impersonating a police officer could be to blame. "If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON'T PULL OVER," the Tate County Sheriff's Office warns. "Use your cell phone and dial 911, and if it's a real officer then the dispatcher will confirm it for you, and if it's not a real officer they will send help to you."

"Our deputies have been told not to overreact if someone does not immediately pull over," the sheriff's office says. "Your safety is our primary concern." Police suspect the shooter was driving a gold unmarked Crown Victoria sedan, which can resemble a police car, ABC reports. Police officers say it's frustrating to know somebody may be abusing the public trust they have worked to earn. "It's very aggravating because it's law enforcement's reputation on the line," the sheriff of Harrison County tells WLOX. "When you have a bad guy out there abusing it, yes, it puts a blemish on us that we have to overcome." (More Mississippi stories.)

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