Wanted man fires on Union Parish deputies

A Marion man is in jail after firing on Union Parish law enforcement officers as they attempted to take him into custody last week.

About 9:40 p.m. on Monday, July 18, deputies with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and K-9 Unit, along with assistance from a Marion Police officer, went to 818 Highway 33 in Marion to attempt to execute a felony arrest warrant on Dennis Ray Colston, 65. The felony warrant was prepared  by a Union Parish deputy during the course of a criminal investigation. The warrant alleged charges of  second degree kidnapping, second degree battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, and simple criminal damage to property.

When deputies and Marion officer arrived at Colston’s residence, they announced themselves via a patrol unit’s public address system, requesting Colston come outside to be taken into custody. When Colston exited the residence, he fired at authorities with a .38 Special revolver and a 16-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot. 

Colston eventually surrendered and was detained without any shots being fired by law enforcement.

Colston was also charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder of a peace officer and one count of attempted injuring or killing of a police animal. Colston was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center.

Bail has been set at $975,000.

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