Local man arrested on charge of impersonating a police officer

A local man was arrested on a charge of impersonating a police officer after he was accused of confronting a man in an alley near his residence with a gun.

Taylor L. Talkington, 26, 2301 Gilmore St., was arrested at about 11 p.m. Saturday near the 2300 block of Maple Street on a charge of impersonating a public servant, a Level 6 felony, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Columbus Police Lt. Jeff Williams was sent to a report of disturbance near the Maple Street address and spoke with the victim, who said he was walking down an alley to visit a friend when Talkington confronted him about looking into his garage, Harris said.

The victim told Williams that Talkington drew a gun on the man in the alley and identified himself as a Columbus police officer, Harris said. The victim also said Talkington ordered him to get on his knees and put his hands on top of his head, Harris said. Then Talkington took the victim to his yard, where they were found when police arrived, Harris said. A third-party caller made the call to police reporting the disturbance.

The gun was recovered from Talkington and secured by officers, Harris said.

Talkington was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.