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A Pflugerville man is in custody after he was allegedly impersonating an Austin police officer.

The Austin Police Department says it started investigating when photos of a person in an APD uniform came to light and the person in the photos was not recognized as a current or past APD officer.

The investigation led detectives to 35-year-old Sean Michael MacDonald, who was arrested on Jan. 22 on charges of false identification as a peace officer, says APD.

Sean McDonald (Austin Police Department)

MORE DETAILS: Accused police impersonator posted photos in uniform on Instagram: affidavit

Austin police released two photos that are allegedly of MacDonald wearing a police uniform:


(Austin Police Department)

Austin police are asking anyone who has had contact with MacDonald while he was allegedly representing himself as an Austin police officer, including stating he was a police officer and taking action as a police officer, to contact its Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-5245.

Anyone with any information may also submit a tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting or calling 512-472-8477.

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