Oroville, Ca—On August 26th at approximately 10:55 am BCSO Deputy Sam Burnett witnessed Terry Collins, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, pushing a blue recycling bin down A Street in Oroville. Deputy Burnett attempted to make contact with Collins at the Southside Mini Mart. Immediately upon contact, Collins became aggressive and refused to follow Deputy Burnett’s requests to turn around and put his hands behind his back. A physical altercation took place with Collins striking Deputy Burnett in the face and kicking the deputy in the lower body. Deputy Burnett returned fist blows and the altercation continued across the street. Deputy Burnett repeatedly ordered Collins to lay on the ground, but Collins continued the fight. At one point in the altercation, Deputy Burnett tried to use his baton but the baton slipped out of his hand and Collins attempted to pick it up. Deputy Burnett was able to retrieve his baton before Collins was able to grab it and hit Collins on the lower leg causing Collins to sit down in the street. However, Collins still refused Deputy Burnett’s orders for him to lay on the ground and Deputy Burnett directed a kick to Collin’s right shoulder, forcing him to lie on the ground and ended the confrontation. Deputy Burnett was then able to handcuff Collins without further incident.
During the altercation, BCSO Dispatch received calls from citizens advising that a deputy needed assistance. Two citizens witnessed the altercation and offered to assist. Collins was transported to Oroville Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries to the left side of his face. Collins was then booked into the Butte County Jail for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and resisting an executive officer, in addition to his prior outstanding misdemeanor warrant for aggravated trespass into a occupied residence. Deputy Burnett was also taken to the hospital and treated for facial lacerations and contusions, and a fractured wrist.
Soon after this incident, it was brought to the attention of BCSO administration that a citizen had taken a video of the altercation and had posted it on Facebook. The video only shows the end of the altercation and does not tell the whole story, although the unknown videographer does reference on the video that Collins was “f***ing that cop up” at the unrecorded beginning of the altercation.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to be transparent in this investigation and is sensitive to heightened concerns of the community with regard to incidents of this nature. BCSO has launched an internal investigation into this incident and has requested an independent investigation through the District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Burnett has been reassigned from patrol duties, pending the completion of the investigations and the healing of his injuries.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox