One dead in deputy-involved shooting in Guilford County

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Guilford County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at officers during a standoff, according to Sheriff B.J. Barnes.

Authorities said that deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance between a husband and wife at 536 Cynthia Road shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday.

The caller said her husband, 45-year-old Ray Junior Barber, had a gun and at least one shot had already been fired.

Officials said the suspect barricaded himself in a small shed behind his Guilford County home.

Deputies started negotiating with the suspect over the phone, but his phone battery died, according to officials.

Deputies were trying to give him another phone and asked him to get it, Barnes said. As he was walking toward his home, officers confronted him and he allegedly pointed a gun at two officers.

The suspect was shot and taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 6:45 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Barnes said it is “never a good day when we have to take someone’s life.”

FOX8’s Michael Spears spoke to a neighbor Monday morning who knew the suspect’s family for years. He said the suspect was a great man.

The S.B.I. is handling the investigation. The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.