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

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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Like so many before us, Officer Ray Barnes showed his love for the wilderness by protecting our natural resources so others could partake in their greatness. His dedication to serving and protecting the wildlife did not go unnoticed as he was a nominee for Officer of the Year in 1987. As FWC Class 31 participates in this Memorial Workout to remember him, may we all be blessed with the same dedication, integrity, and courage that Officer Barnes lived by, and never give up protecting those things which we are passionate about and sworn to protect. We thank you for your service and sacrifice and wish to honor you in all that we do.

FWC Class 31
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

November 24, 2016

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