Police stations across Mississippi are warning drivers to keep driving if they notice flashing lights in their rear view mirrors. The announcement comes just days after two people were shot dead near their cars, a situation police believe occurred after someone impersonated an officer.
The Tate County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on Wednesday morning:
“If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON’T PULL OVER. 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.”
The office promises that deputies have been told not to panic if a driver refuses to immediately pull over, noting “your safety is our primary concern.”
Investigators believe the shooters is driving a gold unmarked Crown Victoria sedan that resembles an unmarked police car.
Speaking to WLOX the sheriff of Harrison County says of the situation:
“It’s very aggravating because it’s law enforcement’s reputation on the line. When you have a bad guy out there abusing it, yes, it puts a blemish on us that we have to overcome.”
Police are asking that anyone with information call their local police station immediately.
In the meantime pulling over on dark roads and in situations that feel “wrong” is typically not suggested in any situation and police are typically trained to follow a vehicle to a safer spot if they do not try to speed away.