Over the past month, Deputies with the Special Investigation Division received information that a male suspect was impersonating a law enforcement officer and conducting traffic stops in his personal vehicle. Through this investigation, the suspect was identified as David Fullerton, 40 years old, of Bakersfield.
On 01/28/2021, Patrol Deputies and Deputies with the Special Investigations Division contacted Fullerton during a traffic stop in the 5200-block of Charger Avenue. Fullerton was occupying a tan GMC Yukon, which was equipped with aftermarket law enforcement style lights and sirens. Inside the vehicle, Deputies located a tactical vest, radio equipment, restraint devices and handgun ammunition blanks.
Special Investigations Deputies served a search warrant at Fullerton’s residence in the 1700-block of Quincy Street in Bakersfield. Deputies located several additional law enforcement style gear and replica weapons. Three operable firearms and ammunition were located inside the residence. The search of the residence also resulted in the seizure of numerous forged/counterfeit identifications, checks, credit cards, along with numerous potential victims of identity theft.
Fullerton was arrested and booked on multiple charges including; Unauthorized Use of Others Identification – PC 530.5, Felon in Possession of a Firearm – PC 29800(a)(1), Impersonating a Peace Officer – PC 538, Felony in Possession of Body Armor – PC 31360(a) and Possession of a Controlled Substance – HS 11377(a). Fullerton also had an active felony warrant for parole violation.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is unaware of how many victims Fullerton has contacted while impersonating a peace officer. Please refer to the attached photographs and if you believe you may have been a potential victim, you are urged to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.