North Carolina Teacher Killed in Shootout After Trying to Rob Mexican Drug Cartel

Barney Dale Harris

A teacher and basketball coach at a North Carolina school was killed in a shooting after trying to rob the home of an Mexican drug cartel member, authorities said Wednesday.

Barney Dale Harris and his brother-in-law, Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., were accused of robbing an alleged “stash house” last Thursday belonging to a member of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, one of the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations, Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said at a news conference.

Investigators determined Harris and Stewart broke into the mobile home of Alonso Beltra Lara and waited for him to come back, according to the sheriff. When the man returned home, a shooting broke out that resulted in the deaths of Harris and Lara, Johnson said.

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Deputies responded around 1 a.m. to multiple calls of gunfire at the residence in the 1000 block of Wyatt Road in Green Level, about 30 miles northwest of Greensboro, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers found Harris, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lara, who was taken to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries, authorities said.

“It was almost like an old Western shootout,” Johnson said. No other injuries were reported, but three trailers were also struck by bullets.

Harris, wearing a bulletproof vest, gloves and a mask, was shot multiple times, according to the sheriff. Lara, whose hands and feet were bound, was shot twice in the back of the head.

During the investigation, deputies seized five firearms, around $7,000 in cash and 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, authorities said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Wilson Wong

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