ROLESVILLE, N.C. March 30 2017 The Rolesville police chief died Wednesday evening, officials say.
Authorities were called to a shooting around 6 p.m. on Tortuga Street in Rolesville.
Rolesville Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II died in a “sudden passing,” town officials said in a news release.
The statement from town officials did not include any details regarding the circumstances of Langston’s death.
“He stood for character and ethics and ran the department likewise,” the statement said, adding that Rolesville Town Hall would be closed for the rest of the week.
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.