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Folsom man arrested for impersonating deputy at Sac International Airport

By: Telegraph staff
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A report of a suspicious vehicle at the Sacramento International Airport resulted in a Folsom man being arrested with multiple charges after impersonating a Sacramento County Sherriff’s deputy.

According to a report released from the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department, at 8:50 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 15, deputies assigned to the Sacramento International Airport received a call regarding a vehicle parked in the loading zone near Terminal A.  Initial reports indicated the vehicle was abandoned by the driver and the vehicle was potentially a law enforcement vehicle.

A deputy responded and located the vehicle. The deputy then subsequently found the driver/suspect, who was exiting the terminal on foot. The suspect identified himself as 33-year-old Brad Beaver of Folsom and was wearing a full Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy uniform. His uniform was complete with a nylon duty belt and a semi-automatic Glock handgun. Beaver related to the deputy that he worked at the jail.

The deputy began to question Beaver as he did not recognize his name. Beaver provided information inconsistent with common Sheriff’s Department knowledge and practices which caused the deputy to become alarmed. 

Upon evaluating the responses from Beaver and the circumstances surrounding this contact, the deputy placed Beaver in handcuffs and detained him in his patrol vehicle.

A search of Beaver’s vehicle revealed it was fully equipped with forward facing emergency lights, but did not have any markings identifying it as a law enforcement vehicle.

Sheriff’s Department detectives responded to the airport and began their investigation. It was later determined Beaver’s visit to the airport was legitimate as he was picking up an acquaintance. It is important to highlight that Beaver never entered the secure area of the airport, nor did he possess the credentials to do so.

According to the report released by Sergeant Shaun Hampton, detectives later served a search warrant at Beaver’s home where they located several firearms including an AR pattern rifle and a large quantity of rifles and handgun ammunition. Also discovered during the search, were several ballistic vests and other vests with law enforcement markings, badges and insignias; which are traditionally worn by Sheriff’s Department personnel. 

Through this investigation, it was discovered Beaver is not a peace officer anywhere in California, nor has he ever been employed in any capacity by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. 

He is currently in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail where he is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail and is facing several charges including, but not limited to, illegal weapons possession and impersonating a peace officer.

 Detectives are asking anyone who suspects they have been contacted by Beaver in a questionable manner to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or 916-874-8477.

No further information has been released at this time.