A military police officer at Fort Drum is facing misdemeanor charges because he falsely identified himself as a deputy sheriff in Pennsylvania, according to Watertown police.
Ulysses M. Winn, 23, was charged late Tuesday by city police with second-degree criminal impersonation and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was turned over to military police and awaits prosecution in City Court.
Police said he was questioned early Sept. 18 in connection with a harassment complaint in the 800 block of West Main Street, and a loaded handgun was found in his vehicle. The gun was not registered in New York. A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Winn told officers that in addition to being stationed at Fort Drum, he is a deputy sheriff in Allegheny County, Pa., police said. He was allowed to go on his way that morning, but police checked out his claim and found it to be untrue.
The gun was not a military issue, police said. Military police are authorized to carry their government-issued weapons in the civilian community only if they are on official business, according to city police.
A Fort Drum spokeswoman said Pvt. Winn is with the 543 Military Police Company, 91st MP Battalion, and has been at Fort Drum since July 2008. His home of record is Gibsonia, Pa.