Lakewood, WA - The owner of Lakewood "security company" POIICE, Michael Landen, Jr., has been arrested for impersonating a police officer and assault after he pointed a gun at a man's head while posing as a police officer.
According to KIRO7, Michael Landen was arrested on February 20th, and charged with trying to pull another driver over, with lights flashing, on I-5. A detective with the King County Sheriff's Office witnessed the incident and followed Landen's car off a nearby exit.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart said that Michael Landen told the driver that "he was a cop," and "pulled a gun on him." He said that the driver thought he was going to get shot. The dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria that Landen was driving that night was parked outside of his home.
Detectives searched the car for evidence, and found many of the items that are clearly visible on Landen's Facebook page, including a loaded semi-automatic handgun with extra ammunition, handcuffs, body armor,and a Taser.
Michael Landen's security company's name is P.O.I.I.C.E. He wears a badge that at first glance seems to read 'Police'. The name is an acronym for Professional Officers Involved in Community Enhancement. Sheriff Urquhart said that he believes Landen is a danger to the community not only because of his pending charges but also because he worked security in the Air Force until he was "involuntarily committed."
Court documents show that Landen's commanding officer told Investigators that "he was no longer able to be armed while serving in his capacity" in the Air Force. His commanding officer also told Investigators that the Air Force had ongoing concerns about Landen impersonating police officers.
When Michael Landen was arrested, he told detectives that he was trying to stop the other driver because he was driving in a reckless manner. He was told that that was not his job. Sheriff Urquhart also said that Landen was "dangerous from the gun and the mindset and just the fact that he's terrorizing people, pretending to be a police officer."
Sounds like Landen is exactly where he needs to be: in jail. Hopefully he stays there where he is not a danger to the public from his delusions about being a police officer.
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