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Retired Philly Cop Charged With Gunpoint Confrontation in Upper Darby

(Photo from Upper Darby PD)

(Photo from Upper Darby PD)

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By Brad Segall

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — A retired Philadelphia police officer is behind bars in Delaware County, facing a number of charges for apparently trying to take the law into his own hands.

Upper Darby police say Roscoe Campbell pulled a gun on a motorist in the parking lot of a Wawa on State Road early Saturday morning.

Police say the 79-year-old man flashed a badge and demanded a $300 “fine” from the driver who was illegally parked in a handicapped spot, threatening to have the car towed.

The victim said he didn’t have the money so, according to investigators, Campbell took the man’s driver’s license and a credit card.

Police say when the man fled, the victim got a license plate number.

Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says the vehicle was tracked to a Philadelphia address where Campbell lives.

“There was a brief struggle, Campbell is taken out.  On the seat next to him is a loaded .32-calibre revolver and a police ID and badge,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

Chitwood says Campbell has been retired for almost thirty years.  The charges include robbery, assault, carrying a loaded weapon, and impersonating a police officer.

Chitwood believes there may be “some type of mental health issue we’re dealing with here.”

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