Philadelphia Police Impersonator Fatally Shot by Victim

Faye Higbee
Philadelphia police impersonator

A Philadelphia police impersonator along with a partner, approached a 25 year old male as he was returning home to a duplex. The pair forced him inside his apartment and demanded money. They used zip ties to bind his hands behind his back. He was able to get his hands free, reach in his pocket for his gun, and fatally shoot the Philadelphia police impersonator as the other man fled.

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10 p.m., April 17

Just after 10 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the 7200 block of Battersby Street in Mayfair for the report of a shooting…

After parking his car in a rear driveway, the resident walked up to the steps to his front door when he was approached by two males.

Police say at least one male was armed with a gun and had a police badge around his neck, which turned out to be fake. He identified himself as a police officer.

The two males then forced the resident into his property and demanded money.

“They tied his hands with zip ties around his back and threatened to kill him if he made any sudden moves. That’s when our victim realized these individuals were not police officers,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

According to police, the 25-year-old victim was able to free his hands and grab a gun from his pocket.

The victim fired several shots toward the men, striking the police impersonator three times.


The victim’s girlfriend as asleep upstairs during the altercation. According to police, the victim was licensed to carry. No charges were filed. When a reporter from Fox29 interviewed the victim, he told them that everyone who can should get a firearm due to the surging crime in Philadelphia. (Good advice).

The violent crime rate in Philadelphia is nearly 139% higher than the overall rate elsewhere in the US, according to USAEsta, though that is from certain neighborhoods. The Mayfair neighborhood is not generally listed as a high crime area, but the numbers of certain crimes seem to be increasing – such as carjackings and shootings coupled with a police staffing shortage.

Whether it’s a big city like Philadelphia or a smaller one, situational awareness is paramount. This victim didn’t recognize the problem until they zip-tied his hands. Fortunately they didn’t frisk him, so he was able to respond. He was also able to get out of the zip-ties, which is an important skill in this kind of situation. The Philadelphia police impersonator was a dangerous individual – it behooves everyone to know what badges look like in their areas, as well as federal badges.


Featured screenshot via Fox29

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