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Son shoots Benson man in head during scuffle, family says

Posted July 22, 2008
Updated July 23, 2008

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— A long-time bail bondsman's son shot his father in the head late Monday night while he was trying to break up a fight, family members said.

Cody Barnes said a man, whose identity was not released, showed up at the home of his brother, Keith Barnes, at 704 W. Parrish Drive in Benson, late Monday and that the two men started arguing in the front yard.

Tony Barnes, 50, who lives next door, had walked over to try to stop the argument when he and the unidentified man started fighting, Cody Barnes said.

"And the boy got on top of my dad, and my brother came out with a shot gun, shot and hit my dad, pretty much," Cody Barnes said.

Tony Barnes was operated on Tuesday at WakeMed and was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Family members said he was not doing well.

Authorities said the dispute appeared to be a domestic dispute between two people who did not live at either address, but they declined to further explain, saying the case was still in the early stages of investigation.

It was not immediately clear whether any charges would be filed against Keith Barnes, 26.

Cody Barnes said the shooting was an accident and that his brother was trying to shoot the other man.

"He's hurt," Cody Barnes said of his brother. "He's pretty tore up about it."


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  • cbutler Jul 25, 2008

    For those that comment about people killing people not guns and the other negative comments, I want you to put yourself in a similar situation and wonder what you would do to protect someone you love. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU WOULD DO so please don't criticize.

  • lawenftrnr2 Jul 25, 2008

    My prayers are with you Tony. I sincerely hope you recover fully from this. You are a great guy and have helped so many people. I say a prayer for you and your family every day.

  • whatusay Jul 23, 2008

    This article shows being updated twice today, but the article is the same as posted yesterday. What new news is being reported, or updated?

  • AdeputiesWife Jul 23, 2008

    My thoughts and prayer are going to be the Barnes family....God Bless!

  • AdeputiesWife Jul 23, 2008

    My prayers and thoughts are with the Barnes Family.. God Bless

  • missjohnston04 Jul 23, 2008

    My prayers are with Tony & his family & friends. I have had the pleasure of meeting Tony on several occassions as our work lives have crossed. He is a very nice man. God Bless.

  • whatusay Jul 23, 2008

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. He could have done the same thing with a baseball bat, a knife, a pencil, a rock.

  • teacher-mom Jul 22, 2008

    I hope this turns out ok. I do not like guns.

  • Momof4CHSkids Jul 22, 2008

    Tony is a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barnes Family.

  • tulips4445 Jul 22, 2008

    more details are on another website.