Police: West Islip Man Posed As A Federal Agent

Shaun Coppola attempted to pull over a car in Bay Shore, police said.

A West Islip man was arrested Wednesday after impersonating a federal agent while attempting to pull over a vehicle in Bay Shore last month, police said.

Shaun Coppola, 24, reportedly activated a strobe light as he attempted to pull over a motorist on Fifth and Brook Avenues on Feb. 29. According to police, Coppola pulled alongside the victim's car at a traffic light, saying he was a federal agent.

Coppola, who police say drove a Jeep Cherokee, reportedly fled when the driver asked him for identification.

As a result of an ongoing investigation by officers from the Third Precinct Crime Section, Coppola was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation.

Anyone who believes they may have encountered Coppola should contact the Third Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8326 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential, according to police.

Samantha H March 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM
i graduated with him but didnt know him really. but you're right. I lived south of montauk and was not rich or spoiled. walked my butt to school every day because i couldnt afford a car and my parents wouldnt buy me one. people shouldnt judge all west islip kids by the ones who get things handed to them. many of us had to work for what we wanted.
Katie D March 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
i'm in shock that this has happened. does anyone know what could happen 2 him? i know he's arrested but can they put him in jail?
rose corey March 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thank you Samantha H. Just because we live south of Montauk doesn't mean our kids are spoiled and are handed everything. My kids graduated WI and worked their butts off in college and made something of themselves.
megan Ramirez March 22, 2012 at 01:18 AM
He'll definitely go to jail... For years...
lexi March 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Imprisonment up to five years (sometimes more) Fines (usually $1000 or more) Probation Permanent criminal record
Ann March 22, 2012 at 04:00 AM
He did not complete Navy boot camp but used to go to bars spreading fake war stories, acting like he was an actual veteran. An actual veteran called him out on it. Apparently it didn't stop there....
Monster Foot March 22, 2012 at 08:27 AM
good. in seventh grade he tried to get me in trouble for spilling sauce on himself in lunch. then he went crying to his mother who was the lunch lady. who gave him a candy bar. i wonder if he went crying to mommy? and did she give him some candy this time?
Tom M. March 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I went to school with this kid.... he was always pretty strange... This is not indicative of a typical west islip kid....
MarieRose March 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Before you start going "off" about what his parents may, or may not have done, maybe should stop and think about the person who did this. He is a 24 year old man that makes his own life, and his own choices. I can tell you with absolute certainty that his parents DO NOT support the choices he has made in his life for the last five years or so. They are good people who work their asses off and are good citizens. It's not fair to slander the family just because you think you're being cute. You want to slander the person at fault, that's fine. Go for it! Don't slander the families!!! Have some respect.
Kristen March 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I too went to school with Shaun. And I just think he wanted to be a police officer because he has always said things that policeman say. Strange kid but very smart and definitely not fair to talk about the parents I'm sure they did the best they could.
rose corey March 22, 2012 at 06:36 PM
His parents are wonderful people. They have done the best they could have done. My heart goes out to them. I hope he gets the help he needs.
Likeitornot March 22, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Yep, I agree with Don. Typical West Islip kid. Samantha H....Look at the parents in this town and you'll see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Good for you, that you worked for what you have :) I can give my kids everything if I want, but they have no idea that I can. I taught them if you want the Mercedes or BMW car, education and a good career is what it takes to get it, not mommy or daddy I'm not talking about this boys parents at all, because I don't know them at all and all parents know you can stand on your head and your child is going to do what they want anyway.
Kelly March 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Why don't you think before you write hurtful comments about someone or their family. Remember innocent until proven guilty. The parents are not to blame!!!!
Youknow March 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I personally know the Coppolas and as for the parents they are amazing and outstanding people in their community. Shaun on the other hand has MAJOR issues and needs mental help. I've been saying so since we were young children. He is nothing more then a snot nose idiot who is a disgrace to his wonderful family.
Marissa March 23, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I know Shaun from Suffolk. He liked me for a while and I always knew something was off. He lied to me about having head trauma and remember things from 2009, he lied to me about to me about being the navy and now this. Sorry I don't feel bad for him I feel bad for his family not him personally. Lies were always gonna come back to get him and I believe that truly. That wasn't smart of him doing that. He gets whatever he deserves, he's posing as veteran and as a federal agent when REAL PEOPLE are putting themselves on the line. He's honest a joke, I feel bad for his parents I truly do but he needs help. So maybe jail will be right thing and things about how lies always catches up to you.
Liz March 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
so you didn't talk about this boys parents but instead bashed all the other parents in this town? the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? a little judgemental- yes kids see their parents and the ones that I know from this town are hardworking people who try to do the best for their kids but in a society that has become superficial and has to have it today- rarely do they not feel pressure. I have two amazing kids that work extremely hard and have seen me work hard all their lives and you hope and pray that they will continue to be successful and hard working. There are too many outside interferences to say that the apple doesnt fall far from the tree- because it can roll- DOWNHILL
Ashley March 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I knew Shaun from HS and knew there was something psychologically wrong. It's scary to think he may have pulled other people over and if anyone actually believed him. He needs a psych eval. Jail might not even help.
William Bailey March 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Every once in a while you run into guys like this they are called wanna be cops. A mental defect that couldn't hack the military and could never become a cop. He will get probation. There's a lot worse out there like heroin dealers selling to our kids in west islip.
Lou March 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Wow i can't believe all the comments. I am not from WI but a friend of mine sent this to me since I am a federal officer. Believe it or not but there are many people out there pretending to be federal officers, federal agents, police officers and even firefighters and there always will be. These people usually are stock and need medical help and are usually harmless. They need to feel important and need attention. This said once he started trying to pull cars over he became out of control and it's good the person challenged him by asking for proper ID. This said don't think that because a car doesn't look like a police car you do not need to pull over when they put their emergency lights on behind you. My agency has lots of unmarked police vehicles that are mini vans, suv's, pickup tricks, crossovers, etc... Remember pull over and ask for ID and the reason why the officer pulled you over is okay as long as you ask polite way and don't be disrespectful.
Peggy McHill Morris March 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Lou - It's pretty scary. I have a 19 year old daughter and I don't think I would like her pulling over for any unmarked car. What do you think?
Gina D March 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM
why didn't someone seek help for him sooner since everyone seemed to notice that he was "off" ? things may have turned out differently for him and others like him. It is unfortunate for the parents
Lee March 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Peggy, I agree with you. It is scary for anyone who is vulnerable and put into this position, especially teenaged girls, but not just them. In this crazy time that we all live in, officers in unmarked cars should PRESENT their ID as the first part of the procedure of pulling someone over, especially if the person is alone. Many people would be too intimidated to ask for ID or not know if it is acceptable to do so. Come on officers, I know you see a lot of bad stuff, but have a little compassion for someone who made a mistake while driving but obviously is just a "regular" person and probably a nervous wreck about their own safety since your vehicle is unmarked. We hear lots of bad stuff about people impersonating officers and we are afraid.
deedee wells March 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I grew up in W.I. and no its not typical and btw I know both his parents. His mom works really hard and does not give in to his bullshit he not only didnt complete boot camp but he has been in trouble before and his dad has gotten him out of it maybe this time he will get more than a slap on the wrist. He is not just strange he is dangerous.
Joanna March 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
But Lou, how about the crazies that have fake police ID. It's quite scary. I don't like unmarked cars at all. I'm not saying don't use them in all situations, but on the road for regular traffic issues I feel marked cars should be used.
don March 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I noticed they deleted my post..I never mentioned anything about living south of Montauk or anybodys parents.I was raised myself in West Islip...so i think i can talk about what typical is.....
deedee wells April 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Police instruct us that if you are pulled over by an unmarked car, pull over, but stay in your vehicle and call 911 to verify that the unmarked car indeed is a real police officer.
CAWSE May 28, 2012 at 09:27 PM
the lunch lady's son...actually i joined the navy myself when i went back i cant remember specifically but he was on the list to enlist as a MA which is military police ....how ironic and yeah not everybody in town's got money just us ballers and we'll keep it that way.
CAWSE May 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Listen lets not get off subject here "likeitornot" save your little problems with other people living there lives the way they want. Your not god who cares what you think and stick to the subject..... go on some other website and complain ....your a fool and im not judging it's from what i read you bafoon.
deedee wells May 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Well guess what now the idiot is trying to get into the Air Force after being kicked out of navy boot camp and fired from Hunter ambulance and kicked out of Bay Shore BrigHtwaters ambulance this idiot thinks he will be in the Air Force will his daddy get him out of this too?
Katie D November 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Dee Dee... How do you know he was fired from Hunter EMS and kicked out of BSBRA?? Just curious.


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