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Retired Special Police arrested for impersonating police officer in road rage incident

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jul 25, 2019

CATONSVILLE, Md. — A 57-year-old Lochearn man was arrested for impersonating a police officer during an escalating road rage incident in a Walmart parking lot Tuesday night, Baltimore County Police said.

According to police, the incident began around 7:20 p.m., when a woman in the parking lot honked her horn at Gregory Sumter, of the 7300 block of Kathydale Road, whose truck was blocking the access the road. The woman had her child in the car as well. She eventually drove around Sumter’s truck and parked in the lot of the Catonsville Walmart in the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike.

Sumter followed the woman and stopped behind her car, blocking her path. Sumter then said he was a police officer, producing a silver badge and a handgun, and threatening the woman and her child, police said.

A police officer who was working “uniformed secondary employment” at the Walmart spoke to Sumter, who denied he had threatened the woman and claimed to be police, Baltimore County Police said. Witnesses confirmed the woman’s account, though, and a loaded revolver and Special Police State of Maryland badge were found on Sumter and confiscated.

Sumter said he is retired Special Police and just kept his badge upon retiring. He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and impersonating a police officer. He is being held without bond bending a bail review hearing Thursday.