September 24th, 2018

Man accused of impersonating police given week-long adjournment

By Jeremy Appel on September 13, 2018.


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A man arrested for impersonating a police officer in a preschool made a brief court appearance Wednesday.

Michael Carolan, 38, appeared at Medicine Hat Provincial Court in person as a prisoner.

His defence lawyer asked for a one-week adjournment, so he can arrange a bail plan by the end of this week.

Carolan is scheduled to appear again on Sept. 19.

The accused was arrested on Aug. 15 after entering a preschool and becoming “agitated” during an exchange with staff members, according to police.

He then claimed to be a police officer, saying he has access to firearms.

Staff reportedly said they thought they saw a badge and a knife on his belt.

This is far from the first run-in Carolan has had with police — he’s previously been convicted of impersonating a police officer and was shot by police three times in a separate incident.

He was sentenced last year to 90 days time served for presenting himself as a police officer in Strathmore and offering assistance to a sheriff involved in a traffic stop.

In 2013, Carolan was shot three times by police — once in the face and twice in the back — after refusing to follow instructions to drop his gun.

Police had responded to a 911 call he made from his Ross Glen home.

Carolan was charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes in relation to that incident.

Upon investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team determined no grounds to pursue criminal charges against the officers involved.

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