May 15th, 2012
01:47 AM ET

Police: Phony officer could be killing Mississippi drivers

Someone who may be posing as a police officer is pulling cars over on Mississippi highways and then shooting drivers dead, authorities said.

After two such shootings this month, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help to find the person.

"There are some similarities between the two incidents, mainly the fact they happened alongside a Mississippi highway," said MBI Director Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner on Monday. "The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road."

The first shooting occurred on May 8. Thomas Schlender, 74, was found dead in his car in the median of southbound Interstate 55 about 1:30 a.m.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Rhetorical Question # 1: why is it not at all surprising that the State of Mississippi would be the location for such a true-story horror-flick plot?
    I wonder how the dress-up law enforcer voted on that state's person-at-conception folly.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

      Joey, you wouldn't last five minutes in Mississippi.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Thank goodness they aren't gay. That would be so earth shattering for our President to endure.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    They might be looking for any kind of phoney with a red light, duh. Maybe it's a phoney Allstate agent out offering to stop mayhem. I gots to get to bed...night!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Were belongings missing?
    What was the point? Just gratuitous murder?
    My condolences to the family.

    Mayhem has saved me a few times by riding on the other cars.
    Yay, Dean Winters!

    May 15, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Yes a person is missing Donna, but you have NO CARES do you!

    May 15, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Who is missing?


    May 15, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    Are you so sure it was a "phony" cop? thats just like blaming a "phony" preacher for molesting kids.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Terry

    Starting again, Mary?

    May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |