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Man faces charges of impersonating officer

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
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A Decatur man who operates a charity for the family of fallen officers is facing charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Byron Thomas Colston

Byron Thomas Colston, 46, was arrested in Wise County June 22 on a Class B misdemeanor charge of falsely identifying as a police officer and a Wichita County third degree felony warrant of impersonating a public servant.

Jail records indicate he was released June 25 after posting $107,500 bail.

According to an arrest affidavit for the misdemeanor charge, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into Colston after receiving reports that he would identify himself as a retired police officer from Ladonia in Fannin County “and use this as a possible ruse to get officers to immediately accept him into their group.”

Online records show that Colston is the founder of an organization called Cops 4 Cops, which helps the families of fallen officers. The organization’s website was no longer in service this week.

The affidavit states that Colston had told officers “different stories of a supposed injury that caused him to be medically retired from law enforcement.”

Texas Department of Public Safety officers in Decatur were made aware of the investigation and were asked to make note of what story Colston told the officer if he should be stopped.

On April 24, a DPS trooper stopped Colston driving a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro for no front license plates in Wise County. The officer noted that the car was equipped with light bars and a siren commonly used with police vehicles. The car also was painted with a “Thin Blue Line” scheme, according to the affidavit.

As Colston was showing the officer his driver’s license, he tipped his wallet sideways to reveal a badge. When the trooper asked if Colston was a police officer, he said he was.

“I asked Colston who he currently worked for and he replied ‘Ladonia PD,'” Trooper Chesley Womack stated in the affidavit.

Womack also noticed another badge upside down in the passenger seat. Colston was also seen “wearing an ornate leather belt with black sidearm visible on his right side, and leather magazine pouch on the left side with one weapon magazine inside,” according to the affidavit.

Colston was issued a warning for no front license plate and allowed to leave.

When Denton County investigators were told Colston identified himself as a current Ladonia police officer, they knew that to be untrue because Ladonia had closed their department in 2014.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said when Colston was stopped in Wichita County a few months ago, a similar situation took place where Colston showed a DPS trooper his badge and identified himself as a current Ladonia police officer. That stop led to the felony charge of impersonating a public servant.

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