Police Impersonator Facing Federal Firearms Charge
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 15, 2020 – A Nashville man with a history of impersonating a law enforcement officer and firefighter is now facing federal charges, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charged Chandler James Moon, 21, of Nashville, with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Chandler was arrested earlier today by FBI agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officers and will make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later this afternoon.
According to the charging documents, on numerous occasions, beginning in 2018, officers with the MNPD and Kentucky law enforcement officers encountered Moon driving vehicles equipped with emergency lights, a siren and on some occasions a police scanner, radios, a traffic radar unit and handcuffs. On many occasions, Moon was wearing clothing items which identified him as a member of the Nashville Fire Department (NFD) and on other occasions he identified himself as a volunteer firefighter with the Hopkinsville, Kentucky Fire Department or the NFD. Many encounters by the MNPD were the result of citizen complaints about Moon’s careless driving behavior and stopping motorists.
On January 31, 2019, Moon was arrested in Warren County, Kentucky for impersonating a police officer and receiving stolen property, after carelessly driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe in which emergency lights had been activated. Moon entered into an agreement for five years of pre-trial diversion to resolve those charges on February 17, 2020. The pre-trial diversion agreement prohibits access to a handgun or firearm during the pendency of the diversionary period.
In October 2019, MNPD recovered from Moon’s vehicle, a government license plate stolen from a police vehicle the week before and in June 2020, Moon was implicated in the theft of other license plates from MNPD vehicles. On July 4, 2020, Moon’s vehicle was reported as driving recklessly with blue lights and siren activated on Interstate 24 in Davidson County. His driving caused a vehicle collision.
On July 9, 2020, during the execution of a search warrant at Moon’s house MNPD Crime Gun Unit detectives recovered a .40 Caliber Glock handgun, from Moon’s bedroom on the nightstand. Moon had been convicted of a felony in 2017, in the State of Georgia, and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
If convicted, Moon faces up to 10 years in prison.
This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel M. Stephens is prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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