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A deputy sheriff in Statesville, North Carolina was turned away from Kay Jewelers because he was wearing his service weapon, the Iredell County sheriff wrote on Facebook.
The uniformed deputy dropped by during his lunch break after he was notified by the store that the engagement ring he had purchased had been sized and was ready to be picked up.
“The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring, and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises,” Sheriff Darren Campbell wrote.
“The reaction our deputy encountered is very difficult for us to comprehend, and we earnestly hope situations such as these are few and are diminishing,” the sheriff said.
The deputy had informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform, the sheriff pointed out.
“The manager stated our deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed. The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased,” the sheriff wrote.
Kay Jewelers responded on the department’s Facebook page – offering their sincere apologies for “the mishandling of this matter.”
“We have tremendous respect for law enforcement, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention,” the jewelry store wrote.