[UPDATE] Mississippi Police Warn Drivers Not To Pull Over For Flashing Lights
When you see flashing lights in your review mirror you know to pull over because it’s an emergency vehicle. It’s a simple rule that most everyone knows to follow,although on the roads that I travel many people ignore it. Perhaps those folks should visit Mississippi. Cause their police departments are warning drivers NOT to pull over for flashing lights. Although, there’s a very dangerous concern…read after the jump to see why. UPDATE after the jump.
“The announcement comes just days after two people were shot dead near their cars, a situation police believe occurred after someone impersonated an officer.”
“If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON’T PULL OVER. Use your cell phone and dial 911, and if it’s a real officer then the dispatcher will confirm it for you, and if it’s not a real officer they will send help to you.”
The office promises that deputies have been told not to panic if a driver refuses to immediately pull over, noting “your safety is our primary concern.”
Investigators believe the shooter is driving a gold unmarked Crown Victoria sedan that resembles an unmarked police car.”
Since Mississippi is so close to us, let’s just keep this in mind. While it would still be in your best interest here in Acadiana to pull over for flashing lights in your rearview mirror, if you ever don’t feel safe or are in a dark area or an area that feels wrong, it is my understanding that police are typically trained to follow you to a safer area. Just don’t go speeding off.
UPDATE according to KLFY:
“Authorities in Mississippi say they’ve arrested a suspect in two fatal highway shootings that happened late at night along desolate stretches. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says 28-year-old James D. Willie will be charged with two counts of capital murder in the shootings. He’s being held at the Tunica County jail in north Mississippi. Strain says he was not posing as a police officer in the shootings as authorities previously suspected. Strain says authorities were able to match ballistics from the shootings to a 9mm Ruger found in Willie’s possession when he was arrested. Mississippi law enforcement agencies had warned motorists that someone may be posing as an officer because the shooting victims had no obvious reason to be stopped on the interstate where they were found.”