On Thursday, April 8, Barney Harris, high school teacher and basketball coach was killed during a shootout with Mexican drug cartel following a robbery in Alamance, North Carolina. The deceased brother-in-law was not injured in the shooting and is now facing murder charges.
According to Alamance County Sheriff reports, Barney Harris who was a Spanish teacher, basketball coach, and track coach at Union Academy Charter School was shot and killed in what appeared to be in retaliation after he and his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart allegedly burglarized a mobile home. Harris and Stewart reportedly went to a stash house in Green Level mobile home park belonging to Sinalola New Generation Cartel and stole money and cash.
As reported by Sheriff Terry Johnson, Harris and Stewart allegedly broke into the mobile home when 18-year-old Alonso Beltran Lara caught them on the inside. With his feet tied up and his arms tied behind his back, Lara was shot twice in the head after he didn’t give up information on where the stash was. After Lara was killed, Harris was killed by other members of the cartel in a shootout. Johnson added that Harris was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the ammunition was too powerful. Three days later, Stewart who survived the shooting was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
“Mr. Harris, he had a bulletproof vest on, but it did not work with the kind of ammunition that was used,” Johnson said. “He had gloves on, and he, they went there to do what was done except they did not think it was going to backfire on them.”
Harris who served as a Spanish teacher, varsity men’s basketball coach and varsity men’s track team was considered a well-known and respected man in the community. Many were shocked when they learned of his death. One parent said Harris was a good person and a good teacher.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.