ASHLAND, Ohio – Leland Chapman, one of the stars of Country Music Television’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” stopped to meet and greet fans from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Takedown Tactical in Ashland.
Admirers of Chapman and his show lined the outside of the store well before the event began and were able to purchase shirts and other gear for Chapman to sign, as well as other specials and door prizes.
Part of the proceeds from the meet and greet will go to the Friends of Ashland County Law Enforcement K-9 fund.
Chapman and Takedown Tactical LLC. President Justin Van Stee have known each other for about five years – meeting for the first time near the end of Chapman’s former hit reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” which was on A&E.
“We were talking over the summertime that he might have some events coming up in this area,” Chapman said. “So I told him if you’ve got them, just let me know.”
On Thursday, Chapman also was in Wellington at Takedown Tactical’s other location inside Wellington Music to meet fans and support the Wellington Police Department’s School Resource Officer Program.
“Both are good causes, I believe, and something to come out for,” Chapman said. “Plus, it helps the local businesses around here.”
The reality star was getting into the law enforcement supply business himself when he met Van Stee, who was introduced through a mutual friend.
“Ever since then we’ve been friends,” Chapman said.
Takedown Tactical, which is located on 1700 Orange Road in Ashland, specializes in guns and other tactical items for law enforcement, SWAT, and military, as well as home defense.
“He’s one of the most humble guys you’ll meet,” Van Stee said of Chapman. “He doesn’t put on any pretense or airs, and he actually enjoys going out and doing things like this and giving back.
“He’s been a very successful person and has had a good life, and it’s a way just to return the favor.”
Chapman said being able to do these kinds of events are a blessing.
“It’s humbling to know that you’re making a good positive impact out there,” he said. “Obviously, I’m doing something right, so I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing and trying to help out.”
Takedown Tactical supplies the equipment for “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” Van Stee said he was invited to Michigan while the show was first filming and brought several pieces of body armor and other gear along with him.
Having dealt with the Chapmans before, Van Stee was offered an opportunity to be the show’s sole equipment supplier.
“I couldn’t say ‘no’ to that,” he said.
T-shirts were available at the event for $25, $30 if signed. An autographed publicity picture of Chapman was $10, while an autographed photo with Chapman was $15.
Additionally, Chapman visited Hillsdale Elementary School on Friday morning to talk to the Van Stee’s daughter and her classmates.