Who was Barney Dale Harris?
Barney Dale Harris was a famous North Carolina high school teacher and married father-of-three who was reportedly killed in a shoot-out with a Mexican cartel when he tried to rob them of cocaine and cash after tracking them with electronic devices.
Harris was shot dead when he raided the cartel’s stash house in Green Level, northwest of Raleigh, last week.
This story is a Vince Gilligan series in waiting. Damn. “Beloved High School Basketball Coach Killed Trying to Rob Mexican Drug Cartel, Sheriff Says” https://t.co/lIzAEdtNjo
— STEVE HUFF (@SteveHuff) April 15, 2021
How old was Barney Dale Harris?
Barney Dale Harris was 40 years old at the time of death.
Barney Harris Union Academy
Barney taught Spanish at Union Academy Charter School, which is some 130 miles away from where the shoot-out occurred. Harris, who was described as a beloved father, was also the head coach of the school’s varsity basketball and track teams.
The school released a statement saying: ‘The Union Academy family was shocked and devastated to hear the information and will continue to focus on supporting our students and families.’
Barney Harris Wife, Family
Harris leaves behind a wife and three children.
The sheriff said he now feared for Harris’ family over potential retaliation from the cartel.
Barney Harris North Carolina
Authorities say Harris and his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart broke into the mobile home, which the cartel was using as its stash house, in the early morning hours of April 8 to steal narcotics and cash.
Harris had donned a bullet-proof vest, mask and gloves for the raid.
Alonso Beltran Lara
The shootout started after the pair were confronted by a member of the cartel, 18-year-old Alonso Beltran Lara when they broke into the stash house. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said Harris and Stewart shot the cartel member dead after he refused to say where the drugs and cash were.
The cartel member was found with his feet bound and two gunshot wounds to the back of his head.
The gunfire alerted other members of the cartel who arrived and opened the mobile home.
Harris was later found dead in a bedroom.
Steven Alexander Stewart
His brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart was arrested and has been charged with armed robbery and first-degree murder. Authorities later found two pounds of cocaine and $7,000 in cash in the stash house.
The trailer was owned by another cartel member, Juan Daniel Salinas Lara, who has an active warrant for trafficking cocaine. They say Harris and Stewart had tracked members of the cartel before the shootout using electronic devices.
The circumstances surrounding Harris’s death have left his community and authorities dumbfounded.