Sacto 9-1-1
February 29, 2012
Correctional officer accused of threatening Arden-area business employees

Collins Image.jpgA California Department of Corrections employee was arrested this morning at an Arden-area business after he allegedly argued with employees and threatened them with a gun.

Taurus Collins (pictured), 37, was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of making threats to commit a crime that could result in death or great bodily injury and carrying a loaded firearm registered to someone else.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said deputies were called to West Coast Car Audio in the 2400 block of Arden Way about 9:20 a.m. An employee reported that a customer was engaged in an argument with employees and had pulled a gun and pointed it at them.

When deputies arrived, the customer, later identified as Collins, was still inside the business. When deputies asked him to come outside, Collins reached into his pocket and pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, which was not registered to him, Ramos said.

Collins had gone to the business to have an alarm installed in his vehicle and had made a $20 deposit on Tuesday, Ramos said. When he went back to the business today, he apparently took exception to an employee's request to see the deposit receipt. An argument ensued, Ramos said, resulting in the alleged threats.

Ramos said Collins is a correctional officer with the state, but he did not know where Collins was employed.

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