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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Man suspected of impersonating police officer in custody

  • The Rolla Police Department took Chance Aaron Melton, 35, of Springfield, Mo., into custody late Friday night in the 100 block of Forest Drive, off Woodland Drive. He is wanted for impersonating a police officer.
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  • UPDATE:
    The Rolla Police Department took Chance Aaron Melton, 35, of Springfield, Mo., into custody late Friday night in the 100 block of Forest Drive, off Woodland Drive.
    He is wanted for impersonating a police officer. The suspect hid in a house, and CS gas (or tear gas) was introduced. Later the police K-9 and SWAT teams entered the residence and located Melton in the basement hiding under some clothes.
    Chance had earlier stated he had a gun held to one of his victims, according to RPD Chief Mark Kearse
    "Another team effort by RPD detectives, road officers, SWAT and communications," Kearse said.
    The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue was called to the scene to help air out the residences due to CS gas being used.
     
    EARLIER STORY:
    Rolla police are attempting to identify a man who they say has been impersonating one of their own.
    The Rolla Police Department learned Friday around 4:40 p.m. that a man was impersonating a Rolla police officer at a residence in the 600 block of Woodland Drive.
    The suspect police are searching for is described as a white man in his early to mid-20s, with dark hair. He was wearing a dark colored jacket according to police.
    A news release from the RPD stated a woman returned home to find the man in her back yard.
    The man told her that he was a Rolla police officer and demanded access to her residence, according to the RPD.
    When the woman questioned the suspect and asked to see his credentials, the suspect fled the scene in a grey colored, newer model SUV, according to police.
    An eyewitness to the incident was able to obtain a photograph of the suspect, and police are attempting to identify the man.
    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Hank Harper at the Rolla Police Department at 573-308-1213, or people can call the RPD’s confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.
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