by: Eric Philips Updated:
CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. - The Chester County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down two men claiming to be police who knocked on a man's door in the middle of the day.
The men weren't wearing uniforms or driving a police cruiser.
The victim lives in a very rural area on Wylies Mill Road and told Eyewitness News anchor Eric Philips that may have been why he was targeted.
Mark Wilson said the men who knocked on his door may not have been expecting anyone to be at home because it was the middle of the day, but he was home when he heard the loud knock.
“We're out in the thickets,” Wilson said.
He said the men knocked on his door loudly Wednesday afternoon and someone yelled “police.”
“Right when I was getting ready to open it, he hollered ‘police’ again,” Wilson said. “’We have a warrant, let us in.’ So I opened the door. I was going to let them in. I had nothing to hide.”
The men, who drove an unmarked pickup truck, appeared to be armed.
One man had his hand under his shirt, and the other had his coat pulled back and Wilson said he could see the weapon.
Wilson asked to see identification and one of the men flashed something that did not look official, so he slammed his door, grabbed his gun and called 911.
But the men did not stop.
“And they were hollering that they were going to ram it down... I said I had my pistol then so I just hollered and told them to come on in.”
He thinks the men heard him on the phone with the 911 operator so they jumped in their truck and left.
Wilson said what baffles him most is what made the men choose his house, which is in a remote area.
Now he carries his gun just about everywhere.
“I'm working in the garden with a pistol at my side -- that's pretty bad,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the men were driving a silver Ford F-150 with a green hood.
Authorities said they're investigating this as an isolated incident but Wilson worries that if he was their first victim he won't be their last.
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