A 25-year-old man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after he falsely reported fires at the same apartment complex multiple times within the last year, according to New Castle County Police.
Authorities said Mill Creek Fire Company was dispatched to the unit block of Patrician Terrace Boulevard in the Limestone Terrace community on Saturday, June 15, 2019, but arrived to find no actually.
Responding officers contacted by the fire department learned of the repeat false reports, and said they learned from witnesses a man later identified as Shane Windell had been seen exiting a blue sedan in a police-style tactical vest with a badge and what appeared to be a holstered firearm.
Police said the vehicle, a Chevrolet Cobalt with Delaware plates, was located and the vest spotted inside.
The New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit FBI Task Force, assisted by the ATF, assumed the investigation and located Windell on Thursday, June 20.
He was charged with misdemeanor criminal impersonation-pretending to be a public servant wearing a uniform and badge, and released of his own recognizance. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing its own investigation.
Authorities believe additional citizens may have witnessed Windell impersonating a police officer, and asked anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.