Rolesville police chief dies at his home

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Officials say he took his own life.

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston II died at his home Wednesday, according to a news release from Mayor Frank Eagles.

Authorities said 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," said Mayor Eagles.

Eagles said all flags in Rolesville have been lowered to half-staff and Town Hall will be closed for the rest of the week. Black bows were hung from the front doors of the Police Department and Town Hall.

Black bows hand from the front doors of the Rolesville Police Department and Town Hall

"Please keep the Langston family and our community in your thoughts and prayers," Eagles said.

Virginia Gray, mayor of Wendell, where Langston grew up and served 18 years on the police force, told ABC11 Langston cared deeply for his hometown community and carried the same work ethic with him when he and his family moved to Rolesville in 2013.

"I'm very saddened and I'm gonna miss my friend," she said.

Langston leaves behind a wife, who works as an accounting clerk for the town, and two daughters.

"I don't even know how to explain how shocked we were," said Shannon Whitley, former town commissioner. "And it's still surreal now."

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