An “imperial wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan died Friday after an hours-long standoff with police, WALB reports.
J.J. Harper exchanged fire with police during an 8-hour standoff in Dooly County following a domestic dispute. He was a well-known and active member of the KKK, law enforcement confirmed.
“Yes, he was. He had a membership drive on the courthouse steps,” Dooly County Sheriff’s deputy David Grantham told WALB.
During the standoff, “Harper exited and entered his residence multiple times wearing a bullet resistant vest, gas mask, and other weapons to include a long gun and handguns,” police said in a statement to the Telegraph.
Police told the station that during the standoff, Harper had vowed, “Someone’s going to die today.” He shot multiple rounds at police and officers returned fire before Harper walked inside his home and a gunshot was heard.
Harper was confirmed dead inside the home.
Harper made news in 2003 when he was made strange bedfellows with a local black Christian church, with whom he united in support of a Ten Commandments display at a public court house.