Police: Man in 'Police' shirt arrested

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. - A man wearing a "Police" T-shirt and hat was arrested by real law enforcement officials Monday evening after people at Angel Mounds reported he'd told them that he was about to carry out a police operation.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Michael A. Foster, 44.

Witnesses and deputies reported that Foster was also carrying what appeared to be a handgun to complete the ruse.

After he was arrested, authorities discovered that the weapon was actually a BB gun, according to a sheriff’s office news release. A pocket knife was also found in one of Foster’s pockets, the sheriff’s office said.

The 911 callers reported that Foster, who was walking near the levee, told them that they needed to leave the area so he could conduct a raid in the woods, according to the news release.

Deputies reported that Foster gave no explanation to why he was allegedly impersonating a police officer, but witnesses reported that they believed he had been drinking.

Foster also had marijuana and prescription drugs with him when he was arrested, according to the news release.

Foster is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail and faces preliminary charges of impersonating a public servant, drug possession and resisting law enforcement.

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