By Kevin Deutsch
A man impersonating a retired city correction officer was caught with illegal guns and drugs in the Bronx Sunday, his ruse ending when he flashed a fake badge, police said.
NYPD officers caught up with Hector Vazquez, 54, after they got a 911 call about a man with a gun on East 137th Street shortly before 3 p.m.
There, they found Vazquez carrying stun guns, a loaded handgun, an imitation pistol, and flashing the imitation shield, police said.
Vazquez told cops he was a retired correction officer. But when they checked his story out with the real Department of Correction, it proved a lie, police said.
Vazquez, who never worked for the agency, was charged with gun and drug possession.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea praised the arresting officers for sniffing our Vazquez’s lies.
“Their actions undoubtedly prevented other crimes, making the Bronx a little safer,” Shea said in a Tweet.