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MS Police Chief: Machete-Wielding Clown Could Get Shot

The police chief of Tchula, MS, is warning a creepy, machete-wielding clown in a rainbow wig who has been menacing people in town that his antics are no laughing matter and he could be putting his own life in danger.

"I am more afraid for the clown than I am for the citizens because pretty much everyone here has shotguns," Chief Kenneth Hampton told WAPT News last week. "The bottom line is, if he's running around with a sword or a machete, he's subject to get shot in this area."

The chief, who has actually seen the clown for himself, is baffled. "I still don't understand," he said. "I think it is some type of trend. He added, "It is basically a bunch of idiots running around in clown suits without any regard for their life."

Hampton says he has received several complaints in the past week about people dressed in creepy clown outfits terrorizing people who live in the community.

Eyewitness Kajarius Johnson said, "I stopped for a minute -- and girl -- I had to look and see if he was really real!"  Johnson told WAPT he dialed 911 and said, "I need all the deputies out. I'm talking about ALL because the clowns are in Tchula!" He also told WAPT that he has seen clowns in his neighborhood with guns. "The clown that we saw walking along the [railroad] tracks -- he had a gun in his hand," he said.

The no-nonsense police chief described the subject he saw during a recent patrol. "He had on coveralls, some old coveralls and an Afro wig with multi colors -- ya know, like the clowns wear -- and something over his face," he said.

Hampton added he couldn't believe what he was seeing at first, but noticed that the clown was wielding "a sword or a machete" which he found somewhat alarming. Unfortunately, the clown fled on foot in the direction of some apartments and managed to evade arrest.