The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a former deputy for impersonating a police officer.
Deputies say Ryan Scott McCauley was arrested after officers say he falsely portrayed himself as a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputy to a law enforcement officer in Lafayette parish.
Detectives with the department say that McCauley was recorded allegedly telling a deputy that he was employed with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and that he had proof of his employment. McCauley allegedly then produced a photo of his commission card on his phone for the deputy. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department says that McCauley has not been employed with the department since March 23, 2018.
After an investigation into the incident, detectives called McCauley in for questioning. During questioning, McCauley allegedly told deputies that he never had a photo of a prior commission card on his phone and that he told the officer he was a former deputy.
Upon searching McCauley’s phone, detectives located the photo of his prior commission card. Deputies say they also confronted McCauley about the recording of his statements made during the incident. McCauley allegedly told deputies during the interview that at the time of the incident he was scared of the deputy and he made a mistake out of fear.
McCauley then allegedly told deputies he may have shown his old commission card to the deputy.
McCauley was arrested and transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and was booked on charges of one count fraudulent portrayal of a peace officer. His bond is set at $1,000.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says that since the arrest other reports about McCauley allegedly impersonating an officer have been reported