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Police impersonator pleads guilty

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 15:57:55-05

The Cheektowaga man who pretended to be an off-duty Buffalo police officer faces up to 8 years in prison after pleading guilty.

District Attorney John Flynn says Corey Shepard, 26, is charged with two counts of attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of criminal impersonation, menacing and criminal possession of stolen property.

Officials say Shepard called 911 on October 14, 2016 to report an erratic driver. He claimed to be an off-duty police officer on his way home from work in Buffalo.

When Cheektowaga Police responded, Shepard joined the traffic stop, according to the DA's office. In video from the patrol car, Shepard can be seen wearing a police uniform and claiming to be an officer assigned to Buffalo Psychiatric Police.

Cheektowaga Police later searched his home and found police uniforms, a bullet-proof vest, fake police identifications appearing to be from the Office of Mental Health and Canisius College, a parking ticket book for the Buffalo Police Department and other law enforcement related items.

DA Flynn also says Shepard admitted to pretending to be a police officer while working security at a local drugstore.

Shepard faces a maximum of two and two-thirds years to eight years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6.