Update: Man who shot deputy in Wilkes County dead after standoff

Police officers, by and large, are dedicated to serving the public. They do their dangerous jobs by the book. Suddenly the entire population of officers are under attack because of the few who would disgrace the badge. Please give them your support as they protect and serve. If you see an officer who crosses the line, report him or her.


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Note: Law enforcement previously identified the suspect shooter at James Monroe Barrett. This is the incorrect name.

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

He was taken into custody after a manhunt. He was receiving medical attention for injuries sustained during a standoff with law enforcement and died at the scene.

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

He 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. Russell. He was airlifted from the scene. His condition is not known.

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 with non-life-threatening injuries.

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