[h=1]Sick: Howard Stern prankster â€˜Captain Janksâ€™ impersonates police officer, lies about Aurora shootings[/h] Posted at 9:44 am on July 20, 2012 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments Capt. Janks@captainjanks Just did a prank call to KUSA in Colorado. Anyone got it on tape? 20 Jul 12 Longtime Howard Stern fan/sidekick â€œCaptain Janksâ€ called in to KUSA-TV posing as police officer â€œChief Oates.â€ He falsely claimed that a fifteenth victim died as a result of last nightâ€™s shootings. â€œHe was actually very angry,â€ Janks said of the purported shooting victim, â€œbecause he lost on Americaâ€™s Got Talent and Howard Stern voted him down.â€ Howard Stern has long argued that prank calls such as this one serve a social purpose by exposing the mediaâ€™s lax quality controls. A few Stern fans spoke out in support of Janks: Carl Laemmle Jr.@UNIVERSALHORROR @captainjanks just heard Capt oats on kusa. Man you are good! Lol 20 Jul 12 PhonyPhoneCalls.com@PhonyPhoneCall #rip to all the victims in Colo.. but @captainjanks is funny so chill out 20 Jul 12 Most Twitter users, however, felt the prank was in incredibly poor taste: Darren Ingram@DarrenPIngram Hopefully police will track down idiot who just made prank call about shooting in #aurora and placed on air and mumbled about Howard Stern. 20 Jul 12 A.J Black@BCHysteria Im a Stern fan but this is not funny at all RT "@algattullo: @shalomshuli Captain Janks my brother strikes again in Aurora listen here: 20 Jul 12 Paul Hanlin Jr@Paul_Hanlin_Jr I encourage every twitter follower of mine to retweet this message and report Howard Stern minion @captainjanks, (cont) tl.gd/ie0pr8 20 Jul 12 MissHathaway@MissHathaway How freakin' sick. "@mpoppel: Video of @captainjanks who posed as police chief and said death toll had risen to 15: youtu.be/7PSwvVR9_OU" 20 Jul 12 Jim Weber@JimMWeber Captain Janks. Guy is a sociopath. â€œ@The_MDA: Who prank calls a news station during something like this?â€ 20 Jul 12 Janksâ€™ prank serves as a useful reminder that Sternâ€™s lovable persona on Americaâ€™s Got Talent is very different from his vulgar persona on radio. Stern canâ€™t be too pleased with such tragedy-exploiting antics, but he can no more disown his entourage than he can disown his own shadow.