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Rolesville police chief died from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Posted March 30

The Wednesday night death of Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston II has been ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner.
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— The Wednesday night death of Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston II has been ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner.

Langston’s wife called 911 at about 6:45 p.m. to report that her husband had shot himself. Officers responded to their home in the 200 block of Tortuga Street to find him dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

In a 911 call, Langston’s wife tells the dispatcher that Langston was found in a bedroom and left a note.

Langston’s wife said her daughter was in the home with her.

The Wake Forest Police Department was asked to investigate the death.

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.

"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 Wednesday night.

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

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  • Janet Ghumri Mar 31, 12:12 p.m.
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    It's so sad to see a dedicated officer lose his life, whatever the cause/reason. My prayers are with the family.

  • Wesley Wilder Mar 31, 1:33 a.m.
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    We live in Rolesville and since Chief Langston was appointed Chief of Police we have noticed a marked difference in the way the Police Department has operated. They are much more concerned with community policing and he had an open door policy with everyone. His attitude transferred to his officers on the street. With Chief Langston there seemed to be a mutual respect that was lacking before between the police and the public. We are very sad to see this happen to our town, and mainly to this mans family. We can only say we hope and pray for everyone involved and wish everyone in the community peace and understanding for the family during this terrible time. God Bless you Chief Langston you will be missed by many.

  • Heather Brittingham Mar 30, 8:34 p.m.
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    How sad for the family. My heart is with them.