Shreveport man arrested for impersonating firefighter

Shreveport man arrested for impersonating firefighter
Dexter Dale Sims, DOB: 3/12/1969 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man has been arrested for impersonating a fire investigator.

Dexter Dale Sims, 51, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for impersonation and illegal possession of stolen things. He also had an outstanding warrant for issuing worthless checks.

Officials say Sims showed up to an undisclosed Sheriff’s Office building on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 7 where the department’s Special Response Team were preparing for a morning operation.

Sims approached the deputies and asked if he could join them. He was dressed in a Shreveport Fire Department jacket with an SFD patch and the words Fire Engineer embroidered on the chest, an SFD cap, khaki pants, and a holstered pellet gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol.

A medic and employee of the fire department did not recognize Sims, causing detectives to detain him.

It was later determined that Sims was not a city fire employee. He was arrested by Det. Dennis Williams.

Sims was driving a 2009 silver GMC Acadia. Inside the trunk officials found numerous pieces of clothing, some marked with SFD patches; badges; a bullet-resistant vest; ammunition clips; handcuffs; a replica automatic rifle; and two hand-held radios.

The radios were identified as property belonging to the Bossier City Fire Department.

The investigation into Sims and the items recovered is on-going.

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