'Most wanted' caught by U.S. Marshals

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By Staff Reports


GREENSBORO, N.C. ― A man who had been declared a "most wanted" subject by the Carroll County law enforcement was caught April 10 in a joint U.S. Marshals Service and Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office operation.

Brian Keith Barr, 38, was also wanted by the Surry authorities for possession of a stolen firearm, according to information from the U.S. Marshals' office at Greensboro. Carroll County had also issued a warrant for Barr's arrest on a probation violation.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, Surry County SWAT Team and Surry Sheriff Graham Atkinson conducted Barr's arrest.

"Around 1:45 p.m. [April 10], members of the joint fugitive task force positively identified Barr at his residence," according to information from the marshals service. "Upon approaching the house, Barr slammed the front door and refused to come out."

The marshals surrounded the residence located at 2065 Fancy Gaod Road in Surry County after that.

"Due to the familiarity of Surry County Sheriff's Office with Barr and preliminary reports that Barr was considered homicidal and suicidal, assistance was requested of the Surry County SWAT Team” by the joint task force, the marshals said.

Atkinson made direct contact with Barr and was able to persuade him to surrender.

Because Carroll authorities have sought Barr twice on warrants and a probation violation, Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner is glad the man has been found by the marshals.

Barr has been arrested in Surry County before, but court officials there had given him bond — despite his facing other charges in Virginia.

"I hope this time by getting the marshals involved, they won't bond him out so easily," Gardner said.