Ex-deputy sold guns to known felons, Franklin County sheriff says

Richard Bryan Shearin (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

LOUISBURG, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy knowingly sold firearms to known felons, the sheriff’s office said.

Richard Bryan Shearin, 51, was charged with two counts of felony possession of stolen property and felony possession of a stolen firearm following a three-month undercover investigation.

On Tuesday around 10 a.m., ATF agents, Louisburg Police and members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Shearin’s business, K&R Enterprises Gun and Pawn Shop.

Officials said Shearin sold and received firearms and property at the business and knowingly sold firearms to known felons.

Additional charges are expected.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will seek federal indictments against Shearin.

Shearin served as a Franklin County deputy from Oct. 1, 2005 to Jan. 22, 2008, the sheriff’s office said.

He was transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and placed under $20,000 secured bond.

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