Public meeting aims to calm fears concerning fugitive Andrew Obregon
For some it's fully loaded guns, for others much tamer methods.
"I did take a can of wasp and hornet with me."
Eagle Lake Manor resident Carol Strempler has taken extra precaution, locking doors, turning on extra lights, even holding bug spray in hand in fear of standing face to face with fugitive Andrew Obregon
"You don't know, I mean this guy could pop up from anywhere," Strempler said.
For two weeks now, Obregon has used miles of cornfields and the backyards of neighbors as his hiding place. One woman saying her friend has stopped daily walks, shutting herself indoors.
"Everyday her life has changed," Carol Christiansen said.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth tried to calm the fears of residents saying Obregon was not typically violent and that the murder he's wanted for questioning, is likely isolated.
"If you're afraid of sleeping in your house. I could just about guarantee, don't. This is not what he is about," Sheriff Beth said.
Some questioned their right to shoot Obregon on sight. A farmer asked, "If I run across somebody in one of my barns or my shed, obviously I'm out here with a firearm when I'm doing my checks in the mornings and the evenings, do I have a right?"
The sheriff warned residents to be calm and let police handle it.
"I know out here, a lot of folks like to keep a loaded shot gun in the corner, I'm okay with that, just remember when you call 911 first, the Calvary is coming, and the person you might be aiming at might be me running through your yard," Sheriff Schmaling said.
Obregon has not been seen in several days. Investigators believe he is still in the area. They say they have more fear of him hurting someone in a high speed chase than a violent situation.
If you see Obregon, call 911.