Former NM sheriff shares warning after his family was threatened

New Mexico

A former New Mexico sheriff says his family was threatened. Now, he has a not-so-nice message for those responsible, putting it on social media for all to see.

Former Otero County Sheriff Benny House took to Facebook on Friday to say he’s been hearing things on the street:

“IF ONE HAIR IS TOUCHED ON MY KID OR GRANDBABYS HEAD, YOU BETTER F****** MAKE SURE YOUR RIGHT WITH GOD, BECAUSE HE WILL BE THE FIRST YOU SEE RIGHT AFTER ME,” the post read.

He goes on to say it’s “Not a threat, just the way it is.”

People are commenting, most of them in support of House, saying, “I have a shovel. Just say when,” “Got your back Benny” and “Rules of a dad. Take care of business.”

“I think that it was entirely appropriate,” said Harold Hellyer. “If you come after my kids, I’m going to get the newspapers after you. You know that’s not going to work. He was reacting the exact same way that I would react.”

While most people understand his anger, some feel he could’ve been more diplomatic in his approach.

“As a parent and as a grandparent I can totally understand where he’s coming from, I was just a little shocked by his choice of words, possibly having been in the position he was in before. He may want to run again someday and it could play against him,” said Sandy Goga.

House didn’t want to go on camera. He told KRQE News 13 his post was in response to third-party rumors, but wouldn’t say specifically who was threatening him or why.

House was the sheriff for two terms before he retired this year. County Commission Chairman Couy Griffin says he backs House.

“He’s now a private citizen, so with him no longer acting as a sheriff, I feel he has a right to state his own personal opinion,” said Griffin.

Twelfth Judicial District Attorney John Sugg says his office not aware of any specific threat, but they would certainly investigate if one was reported to them.

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