Mississippi police have taken James Lucas into custody following eyewitness reports of him impersonating a police officer and pulling people over on the highway.
Along with impersonation of an officer, authorities are also looking for a connection between Lucas and two highway shootings, which were reportedly done at the hands of a person suspected to be impersonating an officer.
According to WLBT-3, Sheriff Jacob Sheriff, of Yazoo County stated that a man was driving on Highway 149 on Wednesday night, south of Silver City, Mississippi, when he saw flashing blue lights behind him.
He proceeded to pull over, but became suspicious when he saw someone exit the passenger’s side of the car, a blue Mercury Grand Marquis, holding a gun. He immediately drove off, and the Mercury pursued. The driver reportedly pulled out a gun and shot at the car behind him, getting away.
Later that night, a woman in the same area reported that she had been pulled over by a car, which matched the Mercury’s description. She became suspicious as well, and drove away.
Huffington Post reports that James Lucas was pulled over in Yazoo County around 12:15p.m., because his car matched the description given by the man and woman who were pulled over the night before. Both he and his car are in police custody while they work to determine if he was involved in the two highway shooting deaths of two people in Mississippi.
Sheriff stated, according to WLBT-3 that a search of Lucas’ girlfriend’s home, where he was staying, turned up fake guns, fake police badges and handcuffs. James Lucas’s involvement in the Mississippi highway shootings has not been confirmed or ruled out.
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