New Castle County Police pulled a man over on Friday due to a suspended license, but found much more upon a search of his car.
Police officers pulled over 34-year-old Abdula Ward of Wilmington in the area of Pulaski Highway and Bear Christiana Road. Once pulled over, police noticed Ward was wearing a shirt with “POLICE” written on it, with other police-related equipment, such as a hand-held radio and handcuffs, in plain sight.
After obtaining a warrant for further searching, police found a blank gun with live ammunition as well as other law enforcement equipment, according to police.
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According to police, Ward was charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited due to previous conviction. At this time, Ward has not been linked to any specific police impersonation incidents other than this.
The New Castle County Police would like to remind residents that all of their officers are required to carry photo identification proving their employment. If citizens are questioning the identity of an officer, they can call 911 or 302-395-8100 to have a dispatcher verify the officer’s identity.
Anybody with information related to Abdula Ward is asked to call 302-573-2800 or visit www.nccpd.com. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or go to the New Castle County Police Department’s Facebook page.