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Hobart man accused of impersonating law officer to buy guns

ALTUS  A 49-year-old Hobart man has been charged with impersonating a law officer while attempting to purchase guns.

The man surrendered himself after a short standoff Thursday night after he was located at a Hobart apartment complex. A warrant for his arrest had been issued in Jackson County District Court Thursday afternoon.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said that his department was notified Thursday morning after the suspect attempted to purchase 13 guns from a local store after identifying himself as the chief of police in Hobart. He then presented a CLEET certification card in an attempt to persuade the employee to finalize the purchase, Murphy said. The purchase was never completed.

Murphy said investigators later determined that the suspect attempted to buy guns at other locations in Altus, including several pawn shops, but those purchases were not completed. Officers did discover, however, that the man did at one time hold a CLEET police officer certification and had been employed by the City of Hobart and the Town of Eldorado as well as a reserve police officer in the City of Snyder. According to CLEET documents, the suspect's police certification has been inactive since 2005.

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