Dispute between brothers turns deadly in Bradford County


RIDGEBURY TOWNSHIP, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A dispute between two brothers in Bradford County leaves one of them dead and the other behind bars.

Investigators say Daryl Barnes shot and killed his brother Fred Barnes at a home last night in Ridgebury Township near Gillett.

Family members were very upset to see reporters Wednesday saying this is a personal family dispute that turned tragic.

As for neighbors, they say this type of violence isn’t common where they live.

It was inside a mobile home inside the Hillside Acres development of Ridgebury Township where state police say the deadly shooting took place.

Troopers say Daryl Barnes, 51, used a shotgun to kill his younger brother Tuesday night around 8:00 PM.

George Walmsley heard the shot.

“I was reading my book and all at once I heard the shot and it scared me. I thought it was outside my window,” Walmsley said.

Daryl Barnes claims his brother came to his house drunk and became aggressive.

Daryl Barnes admitted to police that he pushed the barrel of his gun into his brother’s lower chest, saying he was angry but doesn’t know why he pulled the trigger.

Neighbors that Eyewitness News talked to say they didn’t really know the suspect.

“I kind of keep to myself. I don’t really talk to anybody,” neighbor Jason Knapp said.

While the deadly shooting happened in the Hillside Acres development where the suspect lived, the victim did not live there. Fred Barnes lived about 15 minutes away across the New York state line in Elmira, New York.

Both the suspect and his wife say the victim had his hands up in the air at the time of the shooting.

While police believe this was an isolated incident, neighbors still say it’s unusual in this part of Bradford County.

“I think it’s scary, really! They laugh at me because before dark I have my door locked. You never know!” Alice Walmsley said.

State police say after the deadly shooting, the suspect put his shotgun outside of his home and waited for troopers to respond.

He didn’t resist when he was taken into custody.

Daryl Barnes is locked-up tonight without bail in Bradford County.

He’s expected back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

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