Man displaying concealed-handgun badge accused of impersonating officer
12/20/2013 11:11 AM
12/20/2013 11:12 AM
A 54-year-old man arrested this week on suspicion of impersonating a police officer at a Fort Worth carwash insisted Friday that he never claimed to be an officer.
Alejandro Trujillo, who has a concealed-handgun license, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after officers were dispatched to the Meadowbrook Car Wash at 5151 Brentwood Stair Road on a report that a man there had a gun.
The caller told dispatchers that the man appeared to have a gun in his pocket and a carry permit displayed on a chain, according to a police report. The caller said the man did not threaten him and said he was looking for someone.
Sgt. Kelly Peel, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said officers found Trujillo at the carwash with a handgun in his pants pocket, not concealed as required by law.
“Trujillo appeared to be intoxicated,” Peel said in an email. “During the on-scene investigation, it was determined by officers that Trujillo had allegedly identified himself as an undercover police officer to a witness at the car wash.”
Police determined that Trujillo is not an officer but is licensed to have a concealed handgun, Peel said.
He was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony, and unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released on bail.
In a phone interview Friday, Trujillo acknowledged having the handgun at the carwash but said he never intentionally showed it.
“I was washing my car. I had it in my pocket, and the handle worked its way out,” he said.
He also denied being intoxicated, pointing out that officers never tested him.
Trujillo said the man he spoke to at the carwash had been acting erratically.
“I never identified myself as an undercover agent or a police officer or anything,” Trujillo said. “I did ask him, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ ”
“I said, ‘The reason I asked is you’re acting very erratic.’ I saw that he had drugs in his car. I asked if those were his. He said they were. He showed me the prescription bottles.
“I was going to call 911 on him because of the way he was acting. He was throwing stuff away real quick and hiding stuff in his car.”
Trujillo, a design engineer for installing aircraft systems, said he does wear a badge on a chain around his neck that identifies him as a licensed concealed-handgun carrier.
“I wear it as a deterrent more than anything,” he said. “So if someone is up to something shady, it gives them something to think about, like maybe I won’t do this.”
Trujillo said he is concerned about what the arrest could do to his future as a concealed-license holder and to his job.
“I think it’s unfair, but I’ll have my day in court to prove my side or to present my side in a court of law,” he said.
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