Man who shot deputy in Wilkes County dead after standoff, two others shot


James Monroe Barrett.

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Update: The man who police say shot a Wilkes County deputy Monday morning has died.

James Monroe Barrett, 60, of 3659 Bethel Road in Jonesville, was taken into custody after a multiagency manhunt. He was receiving medical attention for injuries sustained during a standoff with law enforcement and died at the scene at about 11 a.m.

Deputies responded to a call about a domestic dispute involving the shooter at 5:55 a.m. That's when he opened fire.

Barrett, also known by the alias Thomas Barnett, is also believed to have set a house on fire before fleeing into the woods.

The deputy who was shot has been identified as Sgt. Steven Russell, a 12-year-veteran in the Patrol Division. He has two children.

Russell received a gunshot to the shoulder and shrapnel struck him in the forehead. He was airlifted from the scene and is expected to be OK.

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, both with non-life-threatening injuries.

One of those injured was the owner of Myers Dairy.

Original story
CIHUrGgWcAA2CAFJONESVILLE, N.C. -- A search is underway for a suspect who shot a deputy off North River Ridge Road a few miles west of Jonesville early Monday morning.

The shooting happened at 5:55 a.m. at the intersection of North River Ridge and Bethel roads.

Deputies responded to a 'shots fired' call and found the suspect shot into a cruiser and hit at least one deputy.

Another person, a local dairy farmer, was shot in addition to the deputy. This second person was a resident in the area, according to officials.

One person was airlifted and another was taken by ambulance to Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center.

A grandmother and two children were trapped in their homes all morning. SWAT teams just got them out safely.

Firefighters have not been able to put out the fire at the scene because there is still an active shooter, according to officials.

The home that is on fire belongs to the same family who was trapped in the home.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s or 50s. He is considered armed and dangerous.


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