Bedford sheriff to present "plan" for tackling gangs, following Wood murder

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) A small memorial sits along Roaring Run Road, marking the spot where Raymond Wood was found dead one week ago.

"The situation that manifested itself last week has given me concern," Sheriff Mike Brown told WDBJ7 Monday.

Without going into specifics, Brown acknowledged the existence of gangs in his county during an interview with WDBJ7 Monday.

"Does Bedford County have gangs? Yes," Brown said. "Does Bedford County have a gang problem? No, not yet."

Brown said his department identified gang activity in the county, including some county schools, almost 20 years ago.

In 2011 he asked for and received money from county supervisors to hire two investigators, who could specifically monitor and address gang activity.

Those investigators still work for the department today.

"Our gang investigators work with other departments," said Brown. "They exchange information with all the contiguous counties."

Photos and details about known gang members are stored in a county database.

What he knows about these people is alarming, but the sheriff doesn't believe gangs are currently posing an overwhelming threat.

"I'm concerned about it, but not gravely concerned," said Brown.

On Wednesday Brown plans to meet with County Administrator Carl Boggess to outline a plan for protecting the county from gang activity.

Brown declined to share specifics with us. He wants the county administrator to hear those details from him first.