Heavily-Armed Man Posing As Federal Officer Walks Into Police Station

An armed man dressed in law enforcement gear asked deputies to help him arrest citizens in his town.

​Paris, IL – An armed man who waltzed into an Illinois sheriff’s office decked out in law enforcement gear to ask for deputies’ help with arresting several citizens was charged for impersonating an officer on Saturday morning.

Edgar County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) deputies were already aware of the potential threat that 40-year-old Justin Hefner posed, due to the posts he had made on his Facebook page, “Constitutional Wounded Warriors,” WCIA reported.

On the group page, Hefner claimed to be an “Army Wounded Warrior,” who provided “Investigation Services and Only Answers To The Department of Defense.”

“You Don't Have The Security Clearance to Ask Me Any Questions Or Give Me Any Orders!!!! I Am Done With The Secret's and I Am Done With The BS!!!! Get Your Shit Together, Because There Is Going To Be A GI Party!!!!” the post read.

Hefner referred to Edgar County personnel as “Corrupted Idiot’s,” and “Domestic Terrerist” on the page, and issued a warning to police, CBS News reported.

“ANY of Your Officers that Gets in My Way of Investigation WILL BE ARRESTED With INTERFING,” the post read.

When Hefner entered the ECSO at 9:51 a.m. and told two deputies that he was a Defense Department officer, they already knew he posed an immediate threat, WCIA reported.

He was wearing body armor, and the deputies saw the grip of a pistol in a holster on his hip, according to CBS News.

He had a badge, which was partially covered by an American flag, and was also carrying handcuffs and mace, Edgar County Sheriff Jeff Wood told The News-Gazette.

Instead of confronting Hefner, who was reported to have impersonated law enforcement in the past, the deputies played along with the ruse, and instructed him to secure his weapon in the department’s gun vault before he entered the jail facility to talk to them about who he needed to go arrest.

With the jail door locked behind him, the deputies convinced Hefner to remove the half-inch steel-plated body armor he was wearing over a ballistic vest.

Hefner removed the protective gear, handed over his handcuffs and mace, and was arrested without incident.

Investigators then conducted a search of the white Hummer that Hefner had driven to the ECSO, and learned that the vehicle was equipped with a dashcam and flashing police lights.

Inside the Hummer, deputies found an unloaded AR-15, optics, a bi-pod, and a bump stock, as well as a fully-loaded 100-round drum magazine and multiple 30-round drum magazines.

Sheriff Wood said that deputies located a second badge, a package of zip ties, and duct tape.

Hefner was charged with impersonating an officer, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of body armor, CBS News reported.

His bond was set at $20,000.

Comments (14)
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BrandyPepper
BrandyPepper

His bond needs to be higher and he needs to be really closely watched as it is only a matter of time before he does something way worse. Just saying........

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I'd like to see his "arrest list"....

Scattered
Scattered

Why is the bond so low? He is a ticking time bomb. Good the Officers knew of him or I shudder to think.

cops-kid
cops-kid

It sounds like this cat is waaaay out there. I would think an intervention is in order... NOW ! Get him some help

BrizByU
BrizByU

Why is the bond so low. That amount he will get out add may continue whay his purpose was.

JBo
JBo

Very good of him to walk himself right into the jail. Saved a lot of drama and possibly injuries or worse. He wasn't arrested for being smart.

LomzLaw
LomzLaw

20K? We'll be reading about this guy again soon enough

NFPD103
NFPD103

I don't understand why this guys bond doesn't reflect the clear danger he poses to citizens and law enforcement his charges should be of a felony level, I also wonder if the court will ask for a mental health evaluation on this guy.

BunnyDee714
BunnyDee714

This is why we need to be able to commit adults to mental health facilities when something like this happens. Usually they get 72 hours if it happens at all. Family members clearly would know this guy was a raving lunatic and should be able to have him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

9familywithblueblood
9familywithblueblood

BunnyDee- "Family members clearly would know this guy was a raving lunatic and should be able to have him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital."

I agree with your first part of needing a 5150 done on this man but as for his family, I wouldn't count on it. He may have severed ties with them if the believes didn't match his so they wouldn't have seen this build up of odd behavior to a radical change. Then, if they did hold the same belief system he does, it would not seem irrational and there would be no flags for them to see him as insane yet following a cause that they too believe in. (Cult mentality on a smaller scale.)

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

He should be held with no bail...

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

go search his home too

sweetheart76
sweetheart76

Scary.