A man was arrested for impersonating a sheriff's deputy at the Sacramento International Airport Wednesday.
According to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, deputies went to the airport after a vehicle was abandoned in the loading zone near Terminal A.
Just as a deputy arrived to investigate, the driver of the abandoned car walked out of the terminal, wearing a full Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy uniform, complete with a nylon duty belt and a semi-automatic Glock handgun.
The man, later identified as Brad Beaver, 33, told the deputy that he worked at the jail, but the deputy questioned that claim as he did not recognize Beaver's name.
Beaver tried to convince the deputy that he was telling the truth, but provided information that the deputy says was inconsistent with common Sheriff's Department knowledge and practices. Beaver was eventually put into cuffs and detained in a patrol car.
According to the sheriff's department, Beaver's car was fully equipped with forward facing emergency lights, but was not marked as a law enforcement vehicle.
As deputies began investigating, they found out Beaver was at the airport to pickup an acquaintance. The sheriff's department says Beaver never entered the secure area of the airport and did not carry any credentials to do so.
Detectives later searched Beaver's home, finding several firearms, including an AR pattern rifle and a large quantity of rifle and handgun ammunition. Detectives also found several ballistic vests and other vests with law enforcement markings, badges and insignias.
Beaver is not a peace officer anywhere within the state of California and has never been employed at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Beaver now faces several charges, including illegal weapons possession and impersonating a peace officer. He remains in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail under a $1,000,000 bail.