A North Carolina trainer was gunned down in a shootout with members of a Mexican drug cartel final week, a report mentioned.
Barney Harris, who taught and coached basketball at Union Academy in Monroe, and his brother-in-law Steven Stewart, have been allegedly making an attempt to steal medication and money from a trailer utilized by the cartel final Thursday when all hell broke unfastened, WTVD reported, citing authorities.
Harris and Stewart busted into the trailer in a park in Alamance County, however have been confronted quickly after by alleged 18-year-old cartel member Alonso Lara, the county sheriff, Terry Johnson, advised reporters at a Wednesday press convention.
The in-laws allegedly executed Lara when he refused to inform them the place their stash was hidden, Johnson mentioned.
Different cartel members then arrived, triggering a gun battle that left Harris useless.
“Mr. Harris, he had a bulletproof vest on, nevertheless it didn’t work with the form of ammunition that was used,” Johnson advised reporters, based on the report.
“They went there to do what was finished besides they didn’t assume it was going to backfire on them.”
Stewart was arrested after the capturing and charged with homicide and armed theft, the report mentioned.
Johnson mentioned one of many trailer’s different residents, Daniel Lara, is sought on suspicion of trafficking cocaine. There’s a warrant out for his arrest.
The sheriff mentioned he believes Daniel Lara could have fled to Mexico.
Authorities discovered roughly two kilos of cocaine and $7,000 on the trailer.
Johnson mentioned he’s involved the cartel could strike again.
“I’m nonetheless anxious about some retaliation as a result of the Mexican cartels, they don’t neglect,” Johnson mentioned.
“They will pay somebody again, and that issues me an awesome deal as sheriff of this county.”