According to the Washington Times, yet another lawman has come out to urge residents of his county to protect themselves until his deputies can get to the scene.
Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins told a crowd Monday night at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church that there has been an explosion of violence and crime in the area, a local ABC affiliate reported.
“When I am out with my family, even though I am a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun,” he said. “I mean it’s sad we have to have that attitude, but I am going to protect myself and my family. I want my deputies at your house just as fast as they can when you got a problem, but you better be able to take care of business until we get there if you have to protect your family.”
This part of the county’s landscape of rural life is quickly giving way to a population boom, and residents are worried. Several residents said they are afraid to leave their homes — afraid of the growing violence.
Several speakers urged the residents to call deputies if they see something suspicious, and to keep a sharp eye out for themselves and their neighbors.