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Richland Co. reserve deputy charged with threatening campers at Saluda Shoals Park

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(Source: Lexington Detention Center) (Source: Lexington Detention Center)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A Richland County reserve deputy was arrested and charged with threatening two campers at Saluda Shoals Park last month. 

Deputies were called to the park on May 2 after two young men told park rangers a man pointed a pistol at them and threatened to kill them, according to an incident report.

The victims told the Lexington County deputies they saw an unattended camp fire and were going to put it out when Michael Collum, 42, pulled out a semi-automatic pistol from a bag and said "If you come back here, I'll [expletive] kill you."

But Collum told deputies the men approached in an "aggressive manner" and were talking about stealing their camp equipment and harming his daughter, according to an incident report. 

Collum was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm and was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center where he later bonded out.

Collum graduated from the reserve deputy program in December.

The Richland County reserve deputy program is the largest program in the state with over 80 active reserve deputies.

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