The man who killed his elderly parents before opening fire and killing two North Carolina sheriff’s deputies before then killing himself has been identified.
Isaac Alton Barnes, 32, is accused of killing his mother Michelle Annette Ligon, 61, and stepfather George Wyatt Ligon, 58, WJHL reported.
He then began a 13-hour shootout with deputies from Boone County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the home in Boone for a welfare check Wednesday morning.
Two of those cops, Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, were shot and killed. A third deputy escaped uninjured.
After the massacre, Sheriff Len Hagaman told WRAL that people who knew Barnes had called law enforcement last weekend to warn them that he was dangerous and had ‘a lot of guns.’
Hagaman said Barnes appeared to have a plan for ‘taking people out’ but did not elaborate to the outlet what those plans were.
‘They were just kind of giving us the heads-up – this is what he’s thinking about doing – and for us to be careful,’ Hagaman told the outlet.
But deputies were never able to find him until he showed up to the house on Wednesday – and officials suspect he may have planned to target members of the public but was kept in the home by the officers who died.
‘We were trying to get him away from someplace where we could have more control over him. He just decided to take this route,’ Hagaman told WRAL.
‘I’m convinced now, in this situation, given the layout of the neighborhood … they did their job by keeping him in the house,’ he said, referring to the deputies who worked to contain Barnes inside his family’s home.
Sister Sommer Barnes commented about the tragedy to WRAL on Thursday.
‘I love and miss them all so much,’ Barnes said Thursday and confirmed to the outlet that her brother, mother and stepfather were all dead.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Barnes for more information and additional comment.
Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman revealed more details of the incident on Thursday morning, sharing that three deputies were dispatched to a home in Boone at 9:44am on Wednesday morning for a welfare check, unaware of the shooter in the home.
The deputies were dispatched after the homeowner and his family failed to report to work or answer calls. All of the vehicles were still on the property.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Schrader and Holden Walter-Warner; The Associated Press