MASON COUNTY, Wash. -- Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon said a budget crisis means the sheriff will have cut $382,000 from its budget which the sheriff said could mean up to five deputies yanked off the road.
The commissioner said he's confident Mason County residents can defend themselves from criminals if necessary.
"It's always open season on criminals in Mason County, and there is no bag limit," Sheldon said.
Sheriff's officials said they believe commissioners need to reconsider the cuts to the sheriff's office and not condone vigilantes.
"We're just not a community of vigilantism, and no responsible politician is going to encourage vigilantism," said Dean Byrd of the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
Sheldon said he's just warning criminals that people in Mason County have guns and know how to use them.
"You might expect a lead enema. I'm telling you, people in Mason County are fed up with crime. They know how to protect themselves," Sheldon said....