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Deputy shot by gunman in Wilkes County to be released from hospital

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WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — The deputy who was shot by a gunman in Wilkes County Monday is scheduled to be released from the hospital.

Sgt. Steven Russell and the victim, Zach Myers, are still in the hospital, but Russell should be released sometime Tuesday.

Deputies responded to a call about a domestic dispute involving an active shooter at 5:55 a.m. Monday.

That’s when James Monroe Barrett, 60, of 3659 Bethel Road in Jonesville, opened fire, hitting the deputy and two others.

Barrett was taken into custody after a manhunt. He died at the scene at about 11 a.m. after receiving treatment for his injuries.

Russell received a gunshot wound to the shoulder and shrapnel struck him in the forehead. He was airlifted from the scene.

Two other people were taken to the hospital. One was taken to Wake Forest Baptist, the other was taken to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Elkin.

One of those injured was the owner of Myers Dairy.