A Taunton man is facing charges that he was impersonating a police officer.

Massachusetts State Police say Taunton police received a report Wednesday that a man claiming to be a police officer approached a student at Coyle Cassidy High School around 12:45 p.m. and told him to have students go back in the school for safety reasons.

Officers received a similar call at 2 p.m. that a man claiming to be a police officer was on State St.

The man claimed he was looking for an escaped convict.

A trooper later spotted the suspect's vehicle, identified as a blue 2011 Hyundai, on Bay St. and pulled him over.

The driver, identified as 57-year-old Seth Amidon, was arrested after a gun, later revealed to be a pellet gun was found under his seat.

Witnesses identified Amidon as the man impersonating a police officer and he was turned over to Taunton police who charged him with 6 counts of Impersonating a Police Officer; 6 counts of Disorderly Conduct; and Disturbing a School Assembly.

Amindon was held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Taunton District Court Thursday morning.

Any residents who may have had contact with Amidon are asked to contact Sergeant William Henault at the Taunton Police Headquarters at (508) 824-7522.

Amidon is believed to be responsible for identifying himself as a police officer at the Coyle Cassidy School Annex and in the Hopewell Park and Whittenton areas of Taunton.

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