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Louisville man accused of impersonating ranger at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park

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Brian Elliott (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Brian Elliott (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man authorities say was impersonating a state ranger at a local park.

According to an arrest warrant, it had happened a couple of times over the past few months at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

The first alleged incident took place on June 21, when the suspect, 37-year-old Brian C. Elliott, armed with a compound bow and arrow, confronted three people at the park. The Kentucky State Park Rangers Division says the victims parked their car in the parking lot of the archery range, and Elliott decided that he didn't want them there -- so he approached them and identified himself as a Kentucky State Park Ranger, telling them to leave.

But when the victims demanded to see Elliott's identification, Elliott allegedly ignored them, screaming and cursing at them. Authorities say he then pulled out an arrow, pointed to a spot on a tree, then shot the arrow, striking the spot in an effort to impress the victims with his shooting ability.

All three victims "were frightened" by Elliott and ran away, according to the arrest warrant. They later called the Kentucky Park Rangers in Frankfort and filed a complaint.

Months later, on Oct. 30, police say three different victims were walking near the archery range, when Elliott again appeared, yelling at them and telling them they had to leave.

Elliott allegedly told them that bows and arrows "cause death."

The victims left the area, but returned about 45 minutes later, according to police. Authorities say Elliott was still there, "as if he waiting for the victims to return." When he saw the victims, authorities say he again began yelling at them, telling them that the area was off-limits, but the victims ignored him. According to the arrest warrant, Elliott again identified himself as a Kentucky State Park Ranger, and when one of the victims asked him for his name, he falsely provided the name of the supervisor of the recreation department.

Authorities say Elliott is known to the employees of E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park and the rangers division was also able to identify him through his vehicle information. Additionally, authorities say several of the victims were able to identify Elliott through a photograph.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Louisville Metro Police took him into custody on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 3.

He is currently charged with two counts of impersonating a peace officer and three counts of menacing.

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