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Coffee County Man Charged With Impersonating Officer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Coffee County man was arrested after police said he wore a dark uniform with police insignia while providing security for a Nashville nightclub.

Metro Police said a sergeant spotted Gooch in the parking lot of Center Stage nightclub on 8th Avenue South on the night of November 2. He was armed and wearing a police uniform.

When asked for his law enforcement identification, Gooch provided a Coffee County Sheriff's Office card. Gooch said the uniform he wore was issued to him when he worked for the Tracy City police in the past. He told the Metro sergeant that he thought it was ok to continue wearing the uniform since he used a Sharpie pen to mark out "Tracy City."

Police investigation found Gooch last worked as a jailer in Coffee County several years ago. They said Gooch is not a Tennessee police officer and has no permit to carry a pistol.

Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Gooch at his home in Hillsboro Wednesday, and he was brought to Nashville for booking. He was charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer and unlawful handgun possession.

Police said Gooch's conduct left the impression to citizens, particularly those unfamiliar with Metro police uniforms and patches, that he was a legitimate law enforcement officer working in Nashville.

Gooch was released on $10,000 bond.

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