On Sept. 21 at approximately 11:23 p.m., a deputy was sent to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked behind Target on Loganville Highway. Upon shining his flashlight in the vehicle, the deputy noticed a man covered with a blanket. The deputy knocked on the window and identified himself.
"The male woke up and opened the door," the deputy wrote. "As soon as the door opened, he identified himself as an undercover officer for DeKalb Police."
The man, later identified as 25-year-old Thomas Lee Clanton, accused the deputy of blowing his cover and was upset "they" did not inform him the deputy would be at the scene.
The deputy asked Clanton for his law enforcement identification and Clanton said he had never been issued any.
"I asked him again if he was identifying himself as a law enforcement officer and a peace officer of this state, he stated yes," the report indicated. "I detained Mr. Clanton and placed him in handcuffs for my safety until I could figure out who he was and what he was doing there."
The deputy explained to Clanton that, if he were in fact identifying himself as a law enforcement officer, he would need to show identification indicating that. At that point, Clanton reportedly said he was an undercover agent working for the CIA and was sent to "infiltrate corrupt cops with tinted windows." He later changed his story and said the DeKalb County Police were conspiring to kill him and that he was being forced to work undercover "or else he would die."
"I inquired about his mental health, he stated that he was fine and has never taken medication for anything," the officer wrote.
Target declined to press trespassing charges against Clanton, but he was placed under arrest for impersonating an officer and loitering.
While enroute to the detention center, Clanton allegedly said he was confused as to why a secret undercover agent was being arrested.
"He explained that he was 'deep deep deep deep under cover' and he was so undercover there was no paperwork to prove it," the deputy wrote. "I explained to him that if he was in fact under cover, he had just blown his cover by admitting he was undercover."
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