Man impersonated deputy at Rocky Mount school as moms waited for kids, officials say

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A man is facing charges Friday night after the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office says he had a shotgun while he impersonated a deputy at an elementary school on Thursday.

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The sheriff’s office says 49-year-old Bennie Leon Hurst identified himself as a deputy sheriff to women waiting to pick up their children at G.W. Bulluck Elementary School in Rocky Mount.

A detective sergeant found Hurst at the school and confronted him during a traffic stop.

The sheriff’s office says the detective took Hurst into custody when he spotted a shotgun in his car.

Hurst was taken to the sheriff’s office where he “admitted to his activities,” deputies said in a news release.

Officials said that “concerned citizens” made calls that led to the investigation and arrest.

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Hurst, of the 1800 block of MLK Drive in Rocky Mount, is charged with felony possession of a firearm on educational property and impersonating law enforcement.

He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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