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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Today, we in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Class 39 honored Officer Ray Barnes with a memorial workout. The loss of Officer Barnes left a hole in the heart of our Law Enforcement family. His ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty is a testament to the dangers of our career and his dedication to protecting Florida’s natural resources. We shall continue to push ourselves and prepare for the future so that we can live up to the expectation Officer Barnes has set for us. It is our honor to carry on his memory. Though he may be gone, he is certainly not forgotten.


FWC Recruit Class 39

November 25, 2019

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