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Mayor: Death of Rolesville police chief 'not criminal in nature'

Posted March 29
Updated March 30

— Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston II died at his home Wednesday night, according to Mayor Frank Eagles.

Police were called to a home in the 200 block of Tortuga Street that property records show belongs to Langston.

Eagles said Langston's death was "not criminal in nature." WRAL News learned Thursday that Langston died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"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 truly be missed," town leaders said in a press release.

All flags in Rolesville were lowered to half-staff Wednesday night in honor of Langston.

Town Hall will be closed for the remainder of the week, town officials said.

Langston became a police officer in 1994 and served with the Wendell Police Department for 18 years before joining the Rolesville Police Department, according to Wake Weekly.

Wake Weekly said Langston has a wife and two daughters.


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  • Janet Ghumri Mar 30, 2017
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    I was really hoping that it wasn't self-inflicted. Now it makes more sense why they were being so vague in the original article. Prayers for the family. It sounds like he was a great officer and leader. So sad

  • Chad Overton Mar 30, 2017
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    This is a tremendous loss for Rolesville. The Chief was a true champion of the community and a very visibly ambassador for the town on RPD. His engagement with the kids at the elementary schools was phenomenal and set a positive example for others of people to follow. Pray for this family and community.

  • Ed Ray Mar 30, 2017
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    Well, WRAL uhmm he died at home. Why would you even bother to look up the records for who the property belonged to. Trying to start something that so you can a story. Well where were you last night when my wife was attacked by 2 dogs on Smith ct last night in Raleigh. Why were you not there digging into property records then.

  • Richard Siebel Mar 29, 2017
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    Sorry to hear about the Chief. Just seen it on WTVD. I don't post here much but I wanted to ask why WRAL finds it necessary for stories like this and even fatal car wrecks to announce who is listed under property records. WRAL and the N&O have been doing that for years and I think it is unprofessional and unethical. It does not impress this reader when you dig into property records just so you have a name. Condolences to the chiefs family.