Mississippi may have a phony police officer taking potshots at drivers once he motions them off the highway and onto the shoulder of the road, or in the median, according to reports on Monday.
Two victims, a 74-year-old man named Thomas K. Schlender and a 48-year-old female named Lori Ann Carswell, were each traveling in Mississippi separately on different days, between 1 and 2 a.m., when they were killed by gunshot wounds.
Schlender was on Interstate 55, with Carswell traveling Highway 713, when each encountered their assailant, KETV reported.
A distance of 55 miles between the crime scenes, as well as the fact that both vehicles appeared to have been pulled overÂ—one in the median, the other on the shoulder of the roadÂ—makes law enforcement think the two cases are related despite the victims having no obvious connection.
CNN reported that three days separate the crime scenes, with Carswell being killed on May 11, while Schlender died on May 8. The elderly man was reportedly en route to Florida to pick up his grandson from college.
Police are warning those traveling the Mississippi roadways to use extreme caution. They also are asking the public to err on the side of caution by contacting a 911 operator for verification of the officer's police affiliation in the event someone tries to get them to pull over.
This is especially true if the patrol officer makes the attempt between the 1 to 2 a.m. hour time frame, when the first two victims died.
Additionally, drivers should seek a well-lit area, and preferably one that is crowded as well, before any nighttime traffic-related stop.