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Man arrested for pretending to be a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy
Travas Nelson Strickland ( Booking Photo Attached)
On July 22
, 2019, just after 12:00 p.m., deputies responded to the above location in reference to an unknown subject claiming to be a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Deputies learned the victims approached Strickland about the land he was on, and said Strickland claimed to be an undercover HCSO narcotics officer. Strickland then displayed a handgun and badge. Strickland went to his vehicle, got a shotgun and began loading it while pointing the shotgun at the victims, placing both in fear for their safety.
The victims were able to get the tag number of the vehicle he was driving, and deputies were able to locate him and take him into custody.
"This man's actions not only put people in direct danger, but impersonating a law enforcement officer can erode the trust of the community," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Which is why we take this type of crime so seriously. Anyone who pretends to be a member of HCSO, or any other law enforcement agency, will be put in jail."
Ultimately, Strickland was arrested for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer without incident.