Deputy shot and wounded in Wilkes County; shooter captured

James Monroe Barrett - Courtesy of AP/ WNCN

By, The Associated Press

JONESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Wilkes County deputy has been shot and wounded at a house in Wilkes County.

A man identified as James Monroe Barrett, 60, 3659 Bethel Road, Jonesville, exchanged gunfire with deputies responding to a domestic dispute that involved Barrett. Barrett is also believed to have then set a house on fire before fleeing into the woods. Law enforcement pursued him and is in custody after a standoff with law enforcement. Barrett is receiving medical attention for injuries.

The unidentified deputy was airlifted from the scene.

WXII- William Bottomley

The SBI, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department, State Highway Patrol and NC Wildlife conducted the manhunt that resulted in Barrett’s arrest. This investigation is ongoing.

Multiple media outlets reported at least one other person was hurt in the shooting that was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday.

The officer was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment. There was no word on the officer’s condition.

Officers were searching some nearby woods for a suspect.

A fire was also reported at the house near Jonesville.

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