Rolesville police chief found dead

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II (CBS North Carolina file photo)

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The Rolesville police chief died Wednesday evening. Officials have ruled his death a suicide.

Authorities were called to a shooting around 6 p.m. on Tortuga Street in Rolesville.

Flags outside Rolesville Town Hall were at half-staff Thursday morning (David Grzybowski/CBS North Carolina)

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II died in a “sudden passing,” town officials said in a news release.

Wake Forest police officers took over the investigation of his death. In a release Thursday, Wake Forest officials said Langston died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that his death has been ruled a suicide.

Langston was sworn in as chief in March 2015 after serving as a Rolesville police officer since Jan. 2013, according to the Wake Forest Weekly.

Langston’s police force was thrust into the spotlight recently after an incident at Rolesville High School in which a school resource officer was caught on camera slamming a girl to the ground as he broke up a fight.

The video went viral and the officer later resigned. A grand jury declined to endorse any charges against him.


Here is the full statement from the Town of Rolesville:

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that the Town of Rolesville announces the sudden passing of Police Chief Bobby Langston II.

Chief Langston was admired and respected by the Town of Rolesville Mayor, Board of Commissioners, staff, citizens and businesses.

He stood for character and ethics and ran the department likewise. He will be truly missed.

In honor of Chief Langston, all flags in Rolesville have been lowered to half-staff. Town Hall will be closed the remainder of the week.

We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy. Please keep the Langston family and our community in your thoughts and prayers.

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