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Fired Wis. deputy arrested for impersonating cop

Spring Hill, Florida -- Ryan Romano says he's a retired sheriff's deputy from Wisconsin. His former employer says he was fired last week.

Either way, the 31-year-old is no longer in law enforcement, and was arrested for impersonating an officer in Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says they were alerted of Romano last week in two separate incidents.  In the first, deputies say the victims were driving through a Taco Bell parking lot when they decided to turn their vehicle around.  A silver Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck pulled in front of them, blocking their path.

Two people exited the truck, one of them pulling out a badge and saying he was a plain-clothes police officer. He then asked for the victims' IDs.

One of the victims became suspicious and asked for their badge numbers, and told them he was going to call 911.

One of the suspects responded by saying, "You caught a break tonight," and they then left the area.

The victims contacted authorities, and provided them with a vehicle description and license plate number.

Later that day, the Hernando Sheriff's Office received another call of two men posing as officers, this time at the Spring Haven apartment complex.

Arriving deputies found Ryan Romano and Sean Sherron in the parking lot, standing near a silver Chevy pickup truck.

Romano told investigators he was a "retired" deputy sheriff for the Kenosha Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin.  Deputies contacted the Kenosha Sheriff's Department, and learned Romano had actually been terminated the previous week.

Talking with Romano and Sherron, Hernando deputies learned they were the ones who initiated the "police contact" in the Taco Bell parking lot earlier that day.

Romano was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer, and is being held without bond.  Sherron was not arrested, as deputies say he never identified himself as law enforcement during the incident.

Investigators do not believe this case is connected to a fake deputy initiating a traffic stop last week in Hernando County.


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