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Man arrested after pretending to be undercover Hillsborough Co. deputy, pointing shotgun at victims

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 13:10:43-04

DOVER, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a man who pretend to be part of their department while pointing a loaded shotgun at victims Monday afternoon.

Deputies said they learned that Travas Strickland, 30, was on the 14000 block of Bevlin Acres in Dover when he told two people that he was an undercover HCSO narcotics officer.

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After showing them a handgun and badge, Strickland walked to his vehicle, grabbed a shotgun and began loading it while pointing it to the victims.

Deputies said while the victims feared for their safety, they were able to get the tag number off of Strickland's vehicle, which helped them locate and arrested him.

"This man's actions not only put people in direct danger, but impersonating a law enforcement officer can erode the trust of the community," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Which is why we take this type of crime so seriously. Anyone who pretends to be a member of HCSO, or any other law enforcement agency, will be put in jail."

Strickland was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and impersonating a law enforcement officer without incident.

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