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Pawnee County Emergency Management Director charged with impersonating an officer

Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 20:09:41-05

Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Marcus Randell has been charged with impersonating a police officer after an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, court records show.

According to a Pawnee County court affidavit, Randell imitated a police officer on five different occasions.

The first incident took place on April 4, 2015, when Randell placed a man in handcuffs when he became combative after an accident on Cimarron Valley Road, court records stated.

The affidavit stated an OHP dash cam showed Randell's emergency lights were activated on his vehicle and he was visibly shown walking around with a gun and badge.

The second incident, court records show, occurred December 17, 2015, when a witness told troopers on the scene that Randell had pulled someone over for speeding.

Troopers said Randell was heard saying, "If I have to chase them down and give them a stern talking to or whatever," the affidavit stated.

Court records said the third incident happened on May 22, 2016, when Randell was heard over Cleveland Police radio that he was following a suspect vehicle after a theft at a WalMart.

Randell was heard over the police radio saying "We're standing by, be advised, but individuals stopped on their own."

Officers stated Randell again was visibly seen walking around the scene with a gun and badge, records stated.

The fourth incident happened September 1, 2016, when Randell and other officials subdued a man with zip-ties after a single vehicle accident on Highway 412 and when a suspect assaulted a woman and Peninsula Fire Chief Bob Sharp, records said.

The fifth incident occurred on January 9, 2018, when Randell and other PFD officials were on the scene of shots, fired call and Randell told troopers he secured the gun and unloaded it, the affidavit stated.

Randell could be visibly shown on video walking around the scene with a gun and badge, along with his emergency lights activated, court records show.

Court records show that it was also during this incident, that Randell could be heard telling troopers he pulled a wrong-way driver over on January 7.

OSCN shows that a warrant was issued for Randell 's arrest on November 20.

In a statement to 2 Works for You, Randell says the charges are false:

"These charges are false and stem from a long personal dispute with the Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Walters and myself. I plan to turn myself in and will be facing these false accusations and will prove these charges hold no merit.”

- Mark Randell

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