Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston
Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Hearts were heavy and a community stunned the evening of Wednesday, March 29, 2017, when the news surfaced that Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Wayne Langston II, 43, had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Details came slowly. Rolesville Police were called Langston’s home at approximately 6:45 p.m. that evening in response to a “shots fired” call to 911. Wake Forest Police were then asked to handle the investigation, and on Thursday afternoon, that department issued a press release revealing Langston had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“After completing the preliminary investigation in conjunction with the assistance of the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the death has been ruled a suicide,” the Wake Forest Police Department release stated.

Langston was a graduate of East Wake High School and served on the police force in his hometown of Wendell from 1995 until January 2013, when he was hired as Rolesville Police Captain under then-Chief Matt Anderson. On March 1, 2015, following Anderson’s retirement, Langston was sworn in as Rolesville Chief of Police.

Langston leaves his wife, Amy, and two daughters, Emily and Brittany.

Arrangements are being handled by L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, where visitation is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 3. The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 4 at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest.

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