Raleigh man charged with impersonating an officer to buy a gun

From staff reportsJuly 10, 2013 

— Wake County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday charged a Raleigh man with impersonating a law officer to purchase a firearm.

Jonathan Wesley Harris, 25, of 337 Oak Run, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of impersonating a law officer, according to an arrest warrant filed Wednesday at the Wake County magistrate’s office.

Harris is accused of telling Ben O. Martin, of Wendell, that he was a sworn law enforcement officer on administrative leave with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. He communicated the misrepresentation to Martin both in person and via email, court records show.

Harris told Martin that he had arrested three people Martin was acquainted with and described events connected to Martin’s line of work. He is also accused of partially displaying a gold-colored, star-shaped badge with the letters “Deputy She” on the front, court records show.

Investigators think Harris concocted the story in an attempt to purchase a firearm from Martin.

Harris was being held at the Wake County jail Wednesday, his bail set at $4,000.

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