VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Van Zandt County judge says their sheriff's department needs more deputies and equipment, but it's just not possible with their budget. This is in response to a statement issued by the Van Zandt County sheriff
“It's disappointing and it saddens me that as elected officials in Van Zandt County, we're going to start pointing fingers,” said Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick.
In a statement issued yesterday, Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray stated, “Presently, as the result of underfunding and inadequate staffing at the Van Zandt County sheriff's office, homeowners need to take appropriate precautions to protect their families.”
“The fact that he's telling us that we have to protect ourselves is kind of scary. I don't know how to shoot a weapon. I don't own a weapon,” said Roxanne Lewis of Van Zandt County.
Residents say the sheriff's statement makes them feel uneasy, but Judge Don Kirkpatrick says that shouldn't be the case.