Teacher Killed In 'old Western Shootout' After Trying To Rob Mexican Drug Cartel, Authorities Say

teacher killed in ‘old western shootout’ after trying to rob mexican drug cartel, authorities say

A popular Charlotte-area teacher and basketball coach Barney Harris was killed while allegedly trying to rob a Mexican drug cartel.

Harris taught Spanish at Union Academy Charter School and served as the boys' head basketball coach. He was found dead in a mobile home belonging to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

It is generally considered to be the most powerful and ruthless drug cartel in Mexico, as Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson stated during a press conference.

The Motive Behind The Killing

Barney Dale Harris, alongside his brother-in-law, Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., was accused of robbing a "stash house" last Thursday belonging to a member of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

Investigators claim that Harris and Steward Jr. broke into the home of Alonso Beltra Lara and waiting for him. When he did come home, the shooting left Harris and Lara dead.

The incident took place around 1 am. The deputies received numerous calls about gunfire at the residence in the 1000 block of Wyatt Road in Green Level, about 30 miles northwest of Greensboro.

Harris was dead at the scene, while Lara died in the hospital.

Like A Scene From A Western Movie

teacher killed in 'old western shootout' after trying to rob mexican drug cartel, authorities say
teacher killed in 'old western shootout' after trying to rob mexican drug cartel, authorities say

Count Sheriff Johnson said that the scene of the crime was like from a movie:

"It was almost like an old Western shootout. No other injuries were reported, but three trailers were also struck by bullets."

Authorities reported that deputies seized five firearms during the investigation, around $7,000 in cash and 1.2 kilograms of cocaine.

While Harris wore a bulletproof vest, a mask and gloves, he suffered several shots, and one of them was fatal.

Lara received two shots in the head.

Stewart was arrested on Sunday after a search of his home in Wadesboro. The home revealed "related objects tied to the crime scene," as the Sheriff said.

According to authorities, he was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and possession of a firearm by a felon connected with the shooting.

He is being held in the Alamance County Jail without bond.

The Double Life Of A Teacher

Before the revelations that the teacher lived a double life, students and Hariss' coworkers were mourning the death of the 40-year-old teacher. The school's Facebook stated:

"The UA community is mourning the unexpected loss of teacher and coach Barney Harris."

"UA students, staff, and families are asked to wear UA Spirit Wear on Monday, April 12, to celebrate the life of Coach Barney Harris, whose motto, 'All Loveā€¦No Fear,' will be forever a part of who we are as a school."

The school later removed the original post. And it appears that no one from the school wants to make any comments regarding the double life of their beloved teacher and coach.