The former state employee accused of bringing a loaded gun into the secretary of state’s Sacramento office was seen near the building last week, days after a judge issued a temporary restraining order that banned him from the vicinity.
Bryan Keith Thurmond, 51, was arrested Jan. 23 after a security guard found a backpack containing a loaded handgun in a restroom at the secretary of state’s 11th Street headquarters. California Highway Patrol officers questioned Thurmond the following day and arrested him.
Thurmond had been hired on a temporary basis in the secretary of state’s office, where he processed business filings, the office said. He was fired after his arrest.
According to an email sent to state workers in the building Friday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order that ordered Thurmond to stay at least 100 yards from the secretary of state’s building through Feb. 9, at which point a hearing will be held to determine whether a permanent restraining order should be issued.
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Thurmond is also scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 11 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm in a state building.
But Thursday, an employee reportedly saw him roaming nearby. He did not attempt to enter the building, the memo said, but was close enough to violate the restraining order.
No new charges have been filed after that alleged violation, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.
California Highway Patrol officers have amped up security around the building as a result of the restraining order, and the Department of General Services will assess the building’s security and make recommendations to Secretary of State Alex Padilla on how to better ensure the safety of his workers and the public, the memo said.
Padilla vowed to keep employees informed and offered counseling services to any who feel they need to speak with a mental health professional.
Thurmond, of Sacramento, could not be reached for comment.
Employees were warned to be on the lookout for Thurmond and told to contact the CHP immediately if he’s again seen near the building.
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