2007_05_badge.jpgA Sheepshead Bay resident was shot in his home by men pretending to be cops. The Post reports that it was an "apparent home invasion robbery" that took place around 10PM on East 15th Street.

Police say that when the victim was opening the door for a relative, a trio forced their way in. They said they were cops and had badges and were wearing bulletproof vests, but not uniforms. WABC 7 reports that the men "grabbed the victims safe" and "during a scuffle," the victim was shot. The robbers left with the safe, but ended up dropping it.

A responding officer managed to capture one of the suspects. The police are still looking for the other two. And the victim is in stable condition at Kings County Hospital.

Do any readers have any suggestions about questions one can ask to make sure a police officer is real?