Austin Stovall

Police: man impersonated cop, threatened to kill officer during arrest

Kennesaw police have arrested a man accused of impersonating a metro Atlanta cop and threatening to hurt the real officer who was arresting him. 

Austin Dean Stovall, 29, of Woodstock, is charged with one count each of impersonating a public officer, terroristic threats, obstruction and possession of a schedule III controlled substance, according to Cobb County Jail records. 

A Kennesaw officer patrolling an apartment complex Saturday evening on Bensman Lane came across a man who was passed out inside an idling white Chevrolet Tahoe.  The driver, identified as Stovall, appeared disoriented and was not wearing any pants, according to a Kennesaw Police Department incident report.

The cop smelled marijuana coming from the car and asked Stovall to get out of the SUV. Stovall was placed in handcuffs, and “continued to become more aggressive, belligerent and agitated during the encounter,” the officer wrote in the report.

A search of the vehicle revealed a bottle of testosterone and a small amount of marijuana. Stovall was placed under arrest and transported to the city of Acworth jail. While en route to the jail, he threatened to use Facebook to find the officer transporting him and “[expletive] me up and kill me,” the officer wrote in his report. Stovall also claimed to be a member of the Bloods, Crips and Ghost Face Gangsters gangs. 

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“Once at the jail Mr. Stovall stated that he would walk into the jail without incident and then "[expletive] me up" once the handcuffs came off,” the officer added in his summary.

Stovall tried to elbow an officer, but the officer was able to dodge the blow and grab Stovall’s arm. Once on the ground, Stovall allegedly kicked the officer in the leg and continued to threaten violence. He told the officers that he was a Dekalb County cop, and that “we were arresting one of our own,” the officer said.

A check with Cobb dispatchers confirmed that Stovall was not employed by a law enforcement agency. He remains held at the Cobb County jail without bond. 

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