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Wilkes County deputy shot and wounded, suspect killed during shootout and attempted escape


JONESVILLE, North Carolina — A Jonesville man has died after exchanging gunfire with law officers during a standoff that also wounded a Wilkes County sheriff's deputy.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 60-year-old James M. Barrett exchanged shots with deputies responding to a domestic dispute involving Barrett on Monday morning in Ronda. Authorities say Barrett was shot, then fled into nearby woods before being caught. He later died. No other details about Barrett's death have been released.

Wilkes County officials said Sgt. Steven Russell was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

One other person has also been taken to a hospital for gunshot wounds.

Authorities also believe Barrett set a house on fire before fleeing.

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