Sheriff’s deputy drowns while canoeing on Adams Lake

A Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy drowned while canoeing at a lake at Windance this morning.

Adams Lake lies between Windance and Lake Village Estates subdivisions in Harrison County.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson identified the deputy as Leroy Barnes, a transport deputy for the 1st and 2nd judicial courthouses.

“Leroy was very well respected within the agency and members of the courts,” Peterson said. “He will be sadly missed by all.

“Based on witnesses on the scene, this was an accidental drowning. His family and his law enforcement family will be in all our prayers.”

The incident happened Saturday just before noon at Adams Lake. Harrison County received the call just before noon about a man who had fallen out of his canoe into the water near Cambridge Court, a cul de sac in the Lake Village Estates subdivision. The Harrison County dive team located Barnes in the lake.

First responders gathered at the end of Cambridge Court, but could not provide details as they waited for the coroner.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County Fire and Rescue, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Department of Marine Resources responded to the call.

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