Man claims to be IMPD officer at Bradway's funeral

Police: Suspect has history of impersonation

INDIANAPOLIS - Police arrested a man outside IMPD Northwest District Roll Call after they say he impersonated a police officer Thursday.

The incident happened on the day that the community mourned and bid farewell to IMPD Officer Rod Bradway.

On the solemn and ceremonial day to honor Bradway's service and sacrifice, the suspect showed up in police uniform with police patches. He was also wearing a badge that he had no legal authority to wear, police said.

"To put it mildly, I was livid. And I'm still upset about it. Rod died for that badge. And here's a guy who went out and just bought one and is purporting to be what we go out and do every day," IMPD Detective Jeff Thomas said.

Investigators said he had a brand new Dodge Charger that looked like a police cruiser, complete with police scanners, a laptop computer, strobe lights and a loaded AR-15 in the trunk.

Northwest District detectives said that the suspect has a history of impersonating police.

"He's also potentially putting the public in danger. Because anybody, any reasonable person would believe that he was a police officer looking at him and the equipment he had. There's no telling what he would do or what he's done," Thomas said.

The suspect was later identified as Minh Nguyen, 38, of Indianapolis. Police said he faces felony charges of impersonating a police officer.

"It's very concerning," IMPD's Mike Hewitt said. "You know the old saying that impersonation is the biggest form of flattery? We're not flattered by this. We're not flattered by someone out there pretending to be a police officer and being in a position where they could quite possibly harm the general public."

While serving a search warrant at Nguyen's apartment, police said they found more guns, police uniforms from at least agencies and an assortment of police equipment.

IMPD released an email Friday morning asking for information from anyone who has been in contact with Nguyen, and they said they expect people who have been pulled over or otherwise had interaction with Nguyen will come forward.

Officers wanted to remind the public that it's OK to ask to see an officer's badge and identification card.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at crimetips.org  or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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