POLK COUNTY, Fla. (KRON) – A sheriff in one Florida county says he is “highly recommending” homeowners shoot looters who break into their homes to steal or set fires.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd issued the warning to potential looters in a Facebook post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page Tuesday.

“If you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,” Judd said.

Judd encouraged peaceful protesting in the county, adding that there haven’t been any cases of protest-related violence so far.

He still issued the stern warning.

“For those who want to come in, stealthily, among those wonderful people who are simply making their position known, the ones that tried to infiltrate, we are going to hunt you down and lock you up if you engage in any criminal conduct,” the sheriff said.

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