AURORA, Ind. – A Tri-State restaurant wants to make more than a statement to support local police.
Combs Pizza in Aurora posted a sign on their front window stating the owner is armed and will help police if necessary.
Restaurant co-owner Jesse Combs, who is a retired Indiana State Trooper, said he’s tired of seeing officers killed around the U.S.
“I see the news, and I keep seeing all these officers that are gunned down, and they’re basically attacked, and it sickens me,” he said.
Combs stocked on more than just pizza dough. He bought extra ammunition, a bulletproof vest and handcuffs just in case a local officer needs them. He said it’s his way of showing support for law enforcement.
“I’ve worked with these officers for years,” he said. “They’re all my friends, my brothers and sisters, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep them safe.”
Aurora Police Chief Josh Daugherty said he appreciates the support. After 20 years in law enforcement, he said he’s never seen a division between police and the community like what he’s seen in the news recently.
“I want society to be growing closer together, not pulling further apart,” he said.
Daugherty said it’s also important to point out that Combs, as a retired trooper, knows how to responsibly handle a gun.
“Whatever it takes, I’ll do whatever I can to help them,” Combs said.