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20 Most Ridiculous Police Impersonators

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1. Video Released of CIA Impersonator Shooting

Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

HOUSTON, TX – A Houston man who identified himself as a CIA agent before leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with his fatal shooting in late April had been questioned by authorities five years ago for allegedly pulling over a woman in Pearland, according to records obtained by the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.

A woman called the Pearland Police Department on the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2003, to report that a man in a tan sport utility vehicle had tried to stop her.

The man told her he was a federal agent and needed to talk to her, but drove off when she threatened to call police, the woman said. She gave the man’s license plate number and an officer pulled him over at North Nolan and Vanity in Pearland.

Previously unreleased police reports from Pearland and Brazoria County identify that man as Roland Carnaby.

His widow, Susan Carnaby, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the Houston Police Department on behalf of her husband’s estate, seeking damages and a change in police customs and practices in high speed chases like the one that preceded his shooting by police on April 29.

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Her attorney released the homicide report and videos of the traffic stop, chase and shooting to the Chronicle after a federal judge on Friday refused to seal documents in the lawsuit.

The city of Houston had asked that the homicide report and other materials be kept secret, but U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled the report and other materials could be released, with some personal information redacted.

Among those documents are the reports detailing the Pearland incident in 2003 when Carnaby reportedly tried to pull a woman over on County Road 90 at Northfork. Carnaby told officers he had seen the woman driving recklessly, so he pulled up next to her “and told her to slow down before she kills someone.”

He said that he was working with the FBI and CIA overseas “doing intelligence work” and that his story could be verified by speaking to an FBI agent he knew. An officer called the agent, who vouched for Carnaby and said “he would be very thankful if we helped Carnaby out.” No charges were filed.

But when Carnaby flashed his CIA identification badge to get out of a speeding ticket on Texas 288 in April, Houston Police Officer C.H. Starks quickly became suspicious that the silver-haired man in the dark suit might be impersonating a federal agent.

Carnaby’s hands were shaking, and he had a red and blue strobe light on his dash, Starks later told investigators.

Video and audio recordings of the traffic stop show Starks asking for a closer look at Carnaby’s ID badge. Carnaby declined, citing “national security.”

Starks asked for a telephone number where he could verify Carnaby’s employment, but when he called the number he got an answering machine.

The officer said he became increasingly skeptical when he found Carnaby’s vehicle was registered to an organization called the National Security Command Center at 10223 Broadway in Pearland. Starks also learned Carnaby had a concealed handgun license and a 1992 arrest for disorderly conduct.

Carnaby asked Starks to speak to Officer Francisco Zavala of HPD’s Internal Affairs Division on his cell phone. Zavala told Starks he knew Carnaby and thought he worked for CIA, but he had never actually confirmed that information.

Officer Involved Shootings

Starks called HPD’s criminal investigations and major offenders divisions to see if he could verify Carnaby’s connection to the CIA. He was told Carnaby was not a CIA agent and that he should find a traffic offense to arrest him because “he had been stopped in the past and posed as a CIA agent.”

More than half an hour after Starks had first pulled Carnaby over, he approached his SUV and asked him to step outside the vehicle. “Don’t do this to me,” Carnaby said. Starks asked him again and Carnaby put the SUV into gear and drove off. At one point, he threw an object out the driver’s side window near Yellowstone and Dixie, but officers were never able to find it.

Carnaby called HPD’s Zavala back during the chase and told him he thought “that the agency had set him up.” Carnaby also called FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks. Zavala and Franks both told him to pull over and obey the police.

Carnaby finally ran out of gas and rolled to a stop on a service road near Buffalo Bayou. Video shot from two patrol cars at the end of the 120 mph chase shows Carnaby exiting the car on the driver’s side as an officer bashes in the passenger side window with a baton. Carnaby reaches back into the car for a “shiny object” that turned out to be a cell phone. Thinking Carnaby had a weapon, Sgt. Andrew Washington and officer Cecil Foster fired.

Carnaby was shot once in the back. The autopsy shows the bullet smashed his spine and nicked an artery, causing him to bleed to death.

Police said they later found three weapons in Carnaby’s car. In July, a Harris County grand jury declined to indict to Washington and Foster.

Carnaby’s widow’s attorney, Randall Kallinen, said the shooting was unnecessary and he thinks the report and tapes help prove his point that police need more training to deal with these situations.

Kallinen discounted the 2003 Pearland incident as an accusation that did not result in any charge. He noted it did verify that an FBI agent would vouch for Carnaby. He said the trial scheduled next year will show Carnaby did work on contract for the federal government. The CIA has denied that Carnaby was ever an employee or contractor for the agency.

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    CplBryon

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    its clowns like that, that make all security office look bad!

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    bartlett705

    over 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    What a clown!

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    BIGMONEY

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    It's pathetic how dumb some people can be.

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    ha ha, nice

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    Straightshooter

    almost 5 years ago

    1708 Comments

    You mean I get paid to do a job that someone else will do for nothing? Wow, I suppose I am just lucky!

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    fireprotom

    almost 5 years ago

    1824 Comments

    I used to love going on rescue calls and having a off duty mall cop show up!

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    Desertfox1A

    almost 5 years ago

    562 Comments

    #19. Good old water boarding, they at least learned something from that fake president we had to put up with for the past eight years. Call waterboarding what it is not some lame name like "simulated drowning." To be WB'ed is no fun, even when you know all you have to do give a signal and it is stopped. What we had to go through for our country back in the 70's.

    If they where just taking the drugs off the streets, I would have no problem with it. Any other reason, well, that is a different story.

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    Desertfox1A

    almost 5 years ago

    562 Comments

    I told my daughter and daughter-in-laws, that if a car comes up behind them, then tries to stop them and is not decked out like a standard police car, or they are suspicous of the driver to either call 911 on thier cell phones and ask for assistence from a marked car or to head for the nearest police station/barracks or what ever they are called in the areas where my kids are stationed. The same advice that he gave us kids when we got out on our own. You never know!

    Their grandpa, may he rest in peace, was a real good C.o.P. from back in 1952 until he was forced to quit in 1973 because a local sheriff pressured the local police commissioner to fire him and replace the city LEO's with a resisdent deputy.

    As for you real LEO's out there, I have great respect for you and the job you do, I understand the daily danger that you face. In 1959 we almost lost our father to an escaped murderer from out of state when dad tried to stop him for going the wrong way on a oneway street after the perp ran when he was told he could not double park in front of the bank. The lack of communication between states and departments did not exist at the time. Keep up the good work, and stay safe.

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    DiveRecoverySheriff

    almost 5 years ago

    82 Comments

    I am with joliveria, I feel this site should be allowed to people who are LEOs or CSOs, and also to have this verified from the agency to insure there isnt an impersonator.

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    mOOSEmAGIC

    almost 5 years ago

    612 Comments

    Silent_Observer: Thank you so very much for pointing out the Mall Ninja Legend. I freakin wet myself all over my Government Issued desk chair. Holy Crap! Theres also a Mall Ninja Aptitude test at http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=6753325773046944943. I, very literally, almost passed out laughing.
    I used to be a Director of Mall Security for a Mall in Mission Viejo, so I have a distinct appreciation for this wingnut.

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    MsSilky1

    almost 5 years ago

    64 Comments

    My favorite is the Chicago teen with spunk....(laugh)....he got himself a Lexus and lunch with his "co-workers" at Micky D's.....Apparently he has not learned his lesson(s)....and although appearances would suggest he is going up in the world...he was actually going down. I know that this is not a joke. Particularly some of the other cases involving guns. On a more serious note: Reminds me of a time that there was a kidnapper/rapist on the loose in New England....impersonating a cop was how he got attractive ladies travelling alone to the side of the road. My sister was almost one of his victims.....that was until the rest of us woke up from taking a nap (which we usually did while traveling from our home in MA to our ski chalet in NH)....and the "police officer"....complete with red flashing light, gun and badge....quickly exited the area. It's not that peace officers don't have enough to do already.....My hat is off to them for all that they do, day in and day out with little or no thanks from the public.

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    whitb

    almost 5 years ago

    14 Comments

    it is really to easy for people to get their hands on guns today

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    ghost08

    almost 5 years ago

    32 Comments

    honestly i don't think any of this is funny, over half of these idiots had guns.

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    michael11069

    almost 5 years ago

    76 Comments

    and remember always be safe there is no "routine traffic stop " each one is diffrent so treat it as such

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    michael11069

    almost 5 years ago

    76 Comments

    my comment is about people in America and all these stories. there is a bigger problem here and is people mental health issue these people should be prosucuted to the fullest extent of the law if they can do these type of actions what else are they capable of so far no inocent people have been hurt but it only takes a secound to change someones whole world

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