Man charged with bringing gun to school


Bennie Leon Hurst


Staff Writer

Friday, September 8, 2017

A plan to impress the ladies seems to have backfired for a Rocky Mount man who was arrested Thursday at G.W. Bulluck Elementary School.

Bennie Leon Hurst, 49, was charged with felony possession of a firearm on educational property and impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

Hurst, who lives on Martin Luther King Drive in Rocky Mount, was reportedly hanging around the campus of Bulluck Elementary School and identifying himself as an Edgecombe County deputy sheriff to women waiting to pick up their children from school. One of these women reported Hurst’s activity and detectives were called to the scene, where they found Hurst.

After Hurst left the school, Detective Sgt. Tinder performed a traffic stop and confronted Hurst about his actions at the school. Tinder also spotted a shotgun in the hatchback of the vehicle. Hurst was taken into custody, and officials said he later admitted to his activities when questioned at the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.

In a later interview, Detective Lt. E.W. Muse Jr said that based on the interview, Hurst knew someone connected to the school and was trying to impress a woman.

“We don’t think he was actually trying to harm anyone — but when it comes to kids, we have to play it safe,”  Muse said. 

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson stated in a news release he would like to thank the concerned citizens whose calls started the investigation, the school administrators at Bullock School for their assistance and the detectives and deputies who investigated and made the arrest.