ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC – A popular Union County teacher and coach was killed in a shootout last week with a Mexican drug cartel, according to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.
Barney Harris was the basketball coach at Union Academy in Monroe, where he was much loved and respected, but Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said there was another side to Harris that most people did not see ̵
Channel 9 learned that Harris and his colleague Steven Alexander Stewart went to a mobile home park in Alamance County last Thursday to steal money and drugs from cartel members.
According to Johnson, Harris and Stewart shot an 18-year-old member of the cartel and killed and then went into a shootout with other members of the cartel.
Harris was killed in the shooting.
“Mr. Harris, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, but it did not work with the kind of ammunition used,” Johnson said. “He was wearing gloves and he, they went there to do what was done, unless they thought it was going to hit them again. “
Johnson said Stewart, who is from Wadesboro, survived the shooting and was arrested. He is charged with armed robbery and murder.
Harris was hired by Union Academy Charter School in July 2017 as a high school Spanish teacher and served as the head coach of the varsity men’s basketball team and the varsity men’s court team.
>> The sheriff told reporter Mark Becker that this shocking crime is only part of the scary leap in drug trafficking they have seen up and down I-85. We get to know more about this evolving story on channel 9 at. 17