However, Roger struggled with his own demons. Plagued by anxiety and depression, he began taking medicine in order to alleviate his symptoms. Over time, he also consulted a doctor and a psychiatrist about his condition. But even though he managed to stay out of hospital, Roger’s mental health issues continued to dog him.
By March 2018 things had become so bad that Roger asked his son to remove all firearms from Roger’s home. His mental health continued to deteriorate, however. “It was a roller coaster,” Roger’s pastor Austin Rammell told AP in May 2018. “And in the last few days, it went from bad to really bad.”
While her father struggled with his condition, Katelyn was busy following in his footsteps by carving out a career in local law enforcement. At first, she joined Gaston County Sheriff’s Department as a jailer, but over the course of four years she climbed up the ranks. And by May 2018 she’d earned the title of deputy.