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Man arrives at county jail with AR-15

PARIS, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police arrested a man this weekend for impersonating a police officer and illegally having a rifle in his vehicle.

The Edgar County Sheriff's Office says 40-year old Justin Hefner walked into the lobby wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a BB gun. He asked for help making arrests in Paris.

Police say they got a tip from a Facebook page he manages, saying if Edgar County law enforcement tried to come after him, he would take them down. Officials say he posed an immediate threat when he walked into the lobby. 

However, they treated him as if he were a legitimate law enforcement representative and asked him to come in and disarm, as per protocol, so he could be interviewed. Hefner agreed to it.

In the meantime, the sheriff's office called the Paris Police Department in for reinforcement. Then, the sheriff's office arrested Hefner. They later found an AR-15 rifle in his car, which was ready to be loaded.

He was arrested on initial charges of false impersonation of a public official, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of body armor.


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