- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BALD KNOB, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas police chief is resigning in an effort to protect his family after someone set fire to his vehicle as it sat outside his home.

On Sept. 14, Bald Knob Police Chief Erek Balentine found his truck engulfed in flames and the phrase “2 Amendment” spray-painted on its sides. The Daily Citizen (https://bit.ly/1WgyfiY ) reports that the incident occurred after Balentine said he would encourage businesses to post signs prohibiting open carry after a local man was arrested and convicted of disorderly conduct and carrying a weapon.

Balentine said Monday that he doesn’t want to endanger his family since someone was “willing to stoop low enough” to burn his truck.

He notified Mayor Beth Hale-Calhoun of his resignation on Friday. Balentine will serve as police chief until Oct. 5.

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Information from: The Daily Citizen, https://www.thedailycitizen.com/

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