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Man tries to pull gun on cop


SALYERSVILLE – A Salyersville man allegedly attempted to pull a gun on a police officer when the cop tried to investigate a call about possible drug transactions in the Family Dollar parking lot. 

On Saturday, March 9, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook responded to a call regarding drug transactions going on in the store’s parking lot.

When he arrived on scene, Holbrook saw the suspect standing beside a pickup truck parked in front of Family Dollar and Save-A-Lot. 

When Holbrook approached the man, later identified as Todd E. Collins, 45, of Old Burning Fork Road, in Salyersville, Collins reportedly started pulling items from his pockets and jumped in the truck. 

In the arrest citation, Holbrook noted that Collins had thrown down a light bulb that had a straw in it and what appeared to be methamphetamine inside the bulb. 

Holbrook asked Collins several times to step out of the truck, but Collins reportedly started cussing and reaching behind the seat and over in the driver’s seat. The driver told Holbrook there was a gun Collins was trying to reach. When Holbrook saw the butt of the gun, he then tased Collins and took him into custody. 

Upon searching the vehicle, Holbrook also found in the passenger seat a pill bottle with different types of pills, including some believed to be Suboxone, Xanax and Klonopin. 
Collins was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, facing the following charges: first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine); second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified); third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; public intoxication of  controlled substance (excludes alcohol); second-degree disorderly conduct; menacing; and resisting arrest.

On March 10 District Judge Dennis Prater set Collin’s bond at $5,000 cash, a public defender was appointed to represent Collins, and he pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pre-trial hearing in the felony case is set for March 18 at 9 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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