Increased Security For Local Congressmen, Officials Following AZ Shooting

In wake of the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona and a shooting at a school board meeting in Florida, Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says there is now increased security for local officials.

That security was evident Monday as Third District Republican Congressman Walter Jones made a stop at Farmville Middle School, while three Pitt County Sheriff's Deputies Stood guard.

Jones says he didn't feel the deputies were there for him, but the sheriff said they were. In fact, Neil Elks says deputies will be present for county commissioner and school board meetings and any other event where local dignitaries attend a public gathering.

Congressman Jones says when it comes to security, "I don't think much about it but obviously since the shooting Saturday, I think more about that I ever have. To a lesser degree, I do think about the fact we need to be out with the people, we're the people's house and we always advocate that and it's true, and I would think over the next two weeks, the Capitol police force will come out with some recommendations."

Jones says as far as the person who shot Congresswoman Giffords, "You got a sick person, you never know what inspired this sick person to kill these people in Arizona. it's just a terrible tragedy."


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