FLORENCE CO, S.C. (WBTW) – Investigators say a Florence man, who was not a law enforcement officer in the area at the time, allegedly was involved in traffic stops while wearing a badge and a handgun.

Florence County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Daniel Wayne Barnett, 38, on Thursday and charged him with four counts of impersonating an officer.

He is alleged to have illegally detained people while wearing a law enforcement badge and openly wearing a handgun in Florence County, according to the sheriff’s office.

In addition to impersonating an officer, Barnett is charged with four counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol.

Investigators say at the time of the traffic stops, Barnett was not a law enforcement officer in the area and therefore falsely represented himself as a law enforcement officer. Investigators also searched his home. 

Barnett has previously been an officer with the Lamar Police Department and has been working with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office for the past few years. He was not rehired at the end of 2020.

Barnett was granted a $10,000 bond Friday morning according to court records. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible, according to the sheriff’s office.