Former Franklin County deputy arrested in stolen firearms investigation
Posted May 31
Louisburg, N.C. — A former Franklin County deputy was arrested Tuesday following a three-month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the sale of stolen firearms.
Richard Bryan Shearin, 50, of 1138 N.C. Highway 561 in Louisburg, was charged with two counts of felony possession of stolen property and one count of felony possession of a stolen firearm.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said deputies had received an allegation that Shearin was selling and receiving stolen firearms and property at the K&R Enterprise Gun and Pawn Shop at 348 South Bickett Boulevard. Shearin is the owner of the shop.
Deputies said they also received allegations that Shearin knowingly sold firearms to felons.
The incident is under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office said additional charges are expected against Shearin, who will also face federal indictments from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Shearin was a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office from Oct. 1, 2005 to Jan. 22, 2008. He was being held at the Franklin County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond.