Rutherford County, TN Sheriff Robert Arnold told reporters Tuesday that shots fired outside his home, as well as the rise in shooting deaths of law enforcement officers, may have Beyonce’s 2016 Super Bowl halftime show and new music video to blame.
According to WKRN, Authorities report that the Sheriff, along with his wife and children, were all at home when the shooting happened around 9PM on Monday night. The family took cover, sustaining no injuries during the ordeal. None of the .22 caliber rounds are reported to have hit the house.
Sheriff Arnold reportedly told officials he does not know why he was targeted, citing that he has not received any threats lately.
When asked by a reporter if he has given any thought to the possibility of law enforcement being targeted, Sheriff Arnold said, “Well, that’s what I actually thought about… Once I kind of figured everything out, you know, with everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl, and with law enforcement as a whole- I mean, I think we have lost five to seven officers, five deputies and Sheriffs since Sunday’s Super Bowl. You know, that’s what I am thinking. You know, here is another target on law enforcement.”
When asked to clarify what he meant by Super Bowl, the Sheriff explained, “Well, you have Beyonce’s video and how that’s kind of led over into other things, it seems like, about law enforcement.”
Later that day, Arnold attempted to clarify his earlier comments.
“My comments reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”
In a follow-up press release, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department said Arnold primarily relied on the following statement from the National Sheriff’s Association: “The senseless killing of four law enforcement officers just this week – on the heels of the anti-police “entertainment” at the Sunday Super Bowl halftime show – reminds us that the men and women in law enforcement take a solemn oath that includes putting their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens.”
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