Wildlife Officer Ray Lynn Barnes

Wildlife Officer Ray Lynn Barnes

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1987

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Ray Lynn Barnes

Officer Barnes was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a person illegally hunting deer. The suspect managed to gain control of the officer's handgun and shot him.

The suspect was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to 30 years. He was paroled October 31, 2004. On December 20, 2007, he was returned to the Florida Penitentiary to serve a term of 35 years after his third conviction for DUI, resisting and eluding officers, and driving with a revoked license.

Officer Barnes was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 2004

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Lynn, I often think of you and go back to the day you and I were hunting and we were talking about joining law enforcement.
I remember you saying that as much as you loved being outdoors you were going to work with Florida Wildlife and I chose city police as my career.
You Were an inspiration to me as well as all who knew you.
Continue to Rest In Peace Cuz!

Sergeant James Barnes (Retired)
Milton Fl. Police Department

August 19, 2020

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