Fake Officer Suspected in Mississippi Deaths

May 15, 2012 Updated: May 15, 2012

Police officials in Tate County, Miss., have warned that a man impersonating an officer could be behind a string of recent killings.

Two drivers were killed along roads in northern Mississippi within several days of one another, with officials suspecting the deaths are linked to the same killer.

Officials suspect that the killer may have dressed as a police officer and used lights to pull the cars over, then shot the drivers dead.

“We are not eliminating anything as a possibility on how they got on the side of the road,” said John Champion, a district attorney, according to WMC-TV.

Officials are urging drivers to use their best judgment.

“We urge everyone to be cautious while driving, especially at night,” the Tate County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page. “If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON’T PULL OVER.”

The office added, “Our deputies have been told not to overreact if someone does not immediately pull over.”

There were no witnesses, but the station reported that the killer might be driving in a light-colored Ford Crown Victoria.

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