Cop Impersonator Speaks After Arrest in Rancho Cordova

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RANCHO CORDOVA -- A walkie talkie, flashlight, fake badge and fake signal lights for a supposed undercover police vehicle - that's what Rancho Cordova Police say one man was armed with early Saturday morning when he was caught impersonating a cop.

FOX40 found that man, 46-year-old Shane Jack, as he happened to be walking to his mailbox Thursday evening.

When asked about his weekend arrest he first said, "Uhh, I can't talk about it on film."

Jack blamed his lawyer for that and wouldn't provide FOX40 with that lawyer's name, but then said, "they can expect a lawsuit."

He wouldn't stop talking.

"They don't have a case and they arrested the wrong person."

The Rancho Cordova Police Department, which is staffed by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, has a much different version of what happened in front of a business in the 10,600 block of White Rock Way.

"He definitely did not have or does not have peace officer status here in the state of California. He flashed a badge pretty quick. It wasn't a real badge and kudos to the security officer for recognizing that something wasn't quite right because who knows what this guy's intentions were," said Lt. Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

According to investigators, that private security guard - who did not want to speak on camera - spotted Jack's truck parked in front of a closed store around 6:40 a.m. Saturday.

It was the same truck FOX40's cameras spotted in his driveway when we visited his home.

When the guard confronted Jack, he was shown a badge he suspected wasn't real and called police.

Officers then say they found many fake tools of their trade in Jack's truck and put the real cuffs on him.

Jack maintains he'd actually reported the guard as suspicious and that police have confused details in their account of the incident.

"They described a man I had called in as being.. you know dumpster diving," he said.

Police logs show Jack's call came in 25 minutes after the security guard's report.

Still, Jack claims none of what officers have to say about all of this is true.

In today's current climate of increased tensions between police and the communities they serve, some may be too nervous to question an officer they don't think is real.

According to Lt. Ramos, one way to tell is by closely examining an 'undercover' car.

He says a real one will have internal, forward facing red and blue light bars that would be illuminated in case of response to an emergency or a traffic stop.

Such a car would not have a magnetic, orange roof light like the one police claim Jack was using as part of his ruse.