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Man accused of impersonating officer, pointing gun at motorist

A Cheektowaga man impersonated a Buffalo police officer and pointed a gun at the driver he stopped Friday, according to Cheektowaga police.

The incident occurred Friday night when a dispatcher told Cheektowaga Police Officer Jacob Wodowski that an off-duty Buffalo police officer was reporting a reckless driver.

When Wodowski stopped the vehicle in question, Corey M. Shepard, 26, of Cheektowaga pulled up in another vehicle. Wearing a dark police uniform, a ballistic vest with the word "police" on it and carrying a gun, Shepard identified himself as a Buffalo police officer, according to authorities.

Corey M. Shepard, 26, of Wanda Avenue, Cheektowaga. (Cheektowaga police)

Corey M. Shepard, 26, of Wanda Avenue, Cheektowaga. (Cheektowaga police)

Shepard told the officer he called 911 to report a possible drunken driver and that "he would cover" Wodowski on the call, according to Cheektowaga police.

It turns out the driver wasn't intoxicated and the motorist was released by Wodowski, police said. Police did not say where the stop occurred.

As Wodowski and Shepard continued to talk, Wodowski thought that Shepard was acting suspiciously. Shepard showed Wodowski a badge and ID card and quickly left the scene, according to police.

Police also reviewed Wodowski's dash cam video that showed Shepard pointing a gun at the driver as the Cheektowaga officer approached.

Cheektowaga police arrested Shepard on Monday at his Wanda Avenue home. There, they found a quantity of police-related items and equipment, including parking tickets stolen from the Buffalo Police Department, various police uniforms, a fake Taser, handcuffs, pepper spray, a police baton, a ballistic vest with the word "police" on it, seven fake police ID cards, six fake police badges and a baseball cap with "police" on it.

Police also found five hypodermic needles and 14 vials of a steroid.

Shepard, who works for a security company installing and maintaining security systems, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal impersonation, possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property and multiple counts of possession of a forged instrument, police said.

Cheektowaga authorities said they are concerned Shepard may have victimized other members of the public in the past. Anyone who may have been a victim of Shepard representing himself as a police officer should report it to Cheektowaga police by calling (716) 686-3544 during the day, or (716) 686-3508 after 4 p.m.

Shepard was arraigned by Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis Gorski. He was released on $1,000 cash bail.


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