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 Monday,  police were looking for a man with a gun, impersonating a police officer.  

 The incident happened near Galena, IL Sunday morning along highway 20.

A driver was pulled over by a black sedan with flashing lights.  

The suspect approached the car, wearing a gun in a holster.

The driver got suspicious and asked the person for identification.When he didn't show any, the driver took off and contacted police.

 Police in Jo Daviess county say this is a very serious issue that goes to the top of the list to solve.  

They say when a person acts like a cop, it can make people nervous, creating trust issues between law enforcement and the public.

That's why they say there are simple things you can look for when you are pulled over, to know if the stop is legitimate.

First, if you pulled over by an unmarked car, call 9-1-1.

Nearly every traffic stopped is called in on the radio before it's made. Dispatch will tell you if you are being pulled over by an officer. 

Two, ask for identification. Even a non uniformed officer will have a badge and id on them.
Lastly, pull off into a well lit or populated area.  

A true cop pulling you over will understand.

Now, law enforcement officers are saying a little common sense can go a long way to keep you safe.  

"Know your surroundings, ok?" says Rock Island Sheriff Jeff Boyd. "If it is a marked vehicle, for instance our unmarked vehicles have lights and sirens, so if you see lights, which it is not uncommon for people to have oscillating lights, and you don't stop, there is a good chance there is going to be a siren coming."

Right now, the suspect is still at large in the Galena case.

They are described as a black male driving a black sedan with red and blue lights in the grill and passenger side visor.

The suspect was wearing a gun in a hip holster.

This is considered a very serious offense - a class 3 felony.  

If you have any information you are asked to call the Jo Daviess Sheriff's Department.  

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