STATESVILLE, N.C. – A deputy who was picking up an engagement ring for his upcoming marriage proposal was reportedly denied entry to the jewelry store.
Because he was armed with his service weapon.
According to multiple reports, a uniformed sheriff’s deputy traveled to Kay Jewelers on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville after being notified that the ring he had purchased was sized and ready. When the deputy tried to walk into the store, however, he was met at the door by the manager, who wouldn’t let him in.
The manager explained that the issue was because of the deputy’s holstered gun. Confused, the deputy told the manager that he was in uniform and that his marked patrol vehicle was in the parking lot in plain view. Removing his service weapon would be a violation of policy, not to mention a safety hazard.
The manager refused to budge, telling the deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed.
Not wanting to cause a scene, the deputy left the store without the ring that he had purchased.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office released a post on social media to express their disappointment in the way the scenario had played out.
Within the post the sheriff’s office noted that they were “deeply saddened” that the manager would not allow a trusted public servant into the store.
Removing a service weapon while on duty is not just a threat to the law enforcement officer, but the general public in the area as well. Had the deputy complied with the manager’s request, he would have been ill-equipped to handle an emergency situation.
And we all know how quickly a situation can escalate….
“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’s office post read.
Kay Jewelers also took to Facebook to apologize to the deputy and help salvage their image in the public eye.
The store said they “sincerely apologize for the mishandling of this matter.”
“We have tremendous respect for law enforcement, and we thank the office for bringing this to our attention. We will be sure to reinforce store training regarding our firearm policy with specific regard to uniformed law enforcement,” Kay Jeweler’s posted.
Hindsight is 20/20.
No service weapon in the jewelry store? @IredellSheriff says deputy told he couldn't pick up engagement ring he paid for if he came into jewelry store wearing his gun. Sheriff's FB post getting a lot of attention. What say you @KayJewelers? pic.twitter.com/rgTbp6EZZb
— David Whisenant WBTV (@DavidWhisenant) June 5, 2019
Sad. An officer used to be looked at with dignity, with respect. Now they are feared, chastised, publicly crucified for wearing the badge. Uniformed officers can’t march in the PRIDE parade in California. A deputy whose job is to protect and serve is told that they are essentially a security threat for entering the building. Is it a matter of trust? Is it a matter of misinformation?
Whatever the case, it’s disappointing to see a man who no doubt is excited about getting married being turned away.
We just hope all the media attention didn’t spoil the engagement.