Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says that the social media post about two men impersonating law enforcement officers turned out to be false.
The department shared this information in a press release Monday morning.
The two men were identified as on-duty Athens Police Department detectives who were searching for someone at a residence when the “victim” pulled up to the residence.
The sheriff’s office says the man who allegedly claimed he was pursued by two suspicious men in a Pontiac allegedly posing as police officers did not file a report with the sheriff’s office. However, a post on Facebook about it early last week got a lot of attention from concerned residents.
Investigators eventually determined that the two men were Athens Police detectives driving an unmarked SUV, not a Pontiac, and that the man referenced in the Facebook post had pulled up to a residence where they were searching for someone.
Sheriff Blakely said, “All indications are that there were no people posing as law enforcement officers and contacting citizens in Limestone County. Anyone who is contacted by a person they think is posing as a law enforcement officer should immediately file a police report instead of only posting about the incident on social media. This can often avoid misunderstandings that alarm residents unnecessarily.”