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Actress: Fountain police officer arrested after alleged love-triangle dispute was shaking with rage

by DANIEL J. CHACON daniel.chacon@gazette.com - Published: May 17, 2013

Allegations of stalking against a Fountain police officer stem from a love-triangle with a woman who stars in a reality TV show about Colorado miners, according to court documents.

Daniel Barkus, 33, allegedly threatened to kill Travis Anderson after he learned Tuesday that his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Adkins, was going to marry Anderson, the arrest affidavit for Barkus states.

Adkins, a former model who stars in The Weather Channel's "Prospectors" TV show about gem hunters, told El Paso County sheriff's deputies that Barkus was shaking with rage when he made the threat, documents state.

"I'm going to go up there and kill him," Barkus told Adkins, referring to a mining claim site on national forest land where Anderson was camped, documents state.

After Barkus allegedly made the threat, he told Adkins he was going for a walk.

"Mr. Barkus called Ms. Adkins a short time later and stated, 'I'm almost to the gate,'" documents state.

Adkins, who dated Barkus on and off until she broke off the relationship in December, told sheriff's deputies she feared for Anderson's safety.

"Ms. Adkins knew that Mr. Barkus was a police officer and had access to weapons," documents state.

Adkins followed Barkus to the campsite where she and Anderson stayed. When she found Anderson, she told him about the threat, documents state.

"Mr. Anderson felt enough fear that he armed himself with a firearm for his own protection," documents state. "Mr. Anderson then told Mr. Barkus to leave. Mr. Barkus left the area."

Barkus went back just before midnight Tuesday and started arguing with Adkins and Anderson, documents state. Anderson called sheriff's deputy Matthew Cullers, who had contacted Anderson about an hour earlier, and told him that Barkus had returned.

"Mr. Anderson had attempted to deescalate the situation by allowing Ms. Adkins to speak with Mr. Barkus and removing himself from the situation," documents state. "Mr. Barkus then accused Ms. Adkins of taking his phone and grabbed her arm. Mr. Barkus released Ms. Adkins and left the camp."

About 30 minutes later, sheriff's deputies stopped Barkus on Crystal Park Road.

"Mr. Barkus was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint and was detained at that time," documents state.

Deputies searched Barkus' vehicle and found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson under the driver's seat, documents state.

"The handgun was loaded with eight rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber," documents state.

In an interview Wednesday with The Gazette, Adkins gave a completely different version of events. She said Barkus went to the mining claim site for the fun of it and encountered one of her new employees, who knew of Barkus but had never met him in person.

"The first time they met was at night, and that's just not good when you're guarding a mining claim," she said.

"I think they kind of startled each other and just had a confrontation, but it was not a bad one. It was just words. Just verbal," she said.

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