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Man pleads not guilty officer impersonation

A volunteer firefighter charged with impersonating a Barling police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal impersonation.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter charged with impersonating a Barling police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal impersonation.

The Southwest Times Record report that 33-year-old Shawn Michael Cossey of Jenny Lind entered the plea in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

Cossey was arrested Oct. 12 after complaints were made that a man at a Barling park was identifying himself as a police officer.

A police report says Cossey used his firefighter badge and that a search of his camper revealed handcuffs, four loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and a bulletproof vest. The report says a woman in the camper told police that Cossey said he was a Barling police officer and that the park attendant said Cossey had said he was a member of the department's SWAT team.


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