Deputy Game Warden Gordon Barnes

Deputy Game Warden Gordon Barnes

Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, February 5, 1945

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Gordon Barnes

Deputy Game Warden Gordon Barnes was shot and killed while investigating a hunting complaint near Pocomoke City on the Eastern Shore.

While returning from church Warden Barnes noticed a subject acting suspicious and entering a field with a shotgun approximately one mile east of Pocomoke City on the Pocomoke City-Snow Hill Highway. The warden was dropped off by his wife to investigate further and was found dead one day later.

The subject was convicted of Deputy Warden Barne's murder and hanged on December 29th, 1945.

Deputy Barnes had served with the Maryland Natural Resources Police for only 10 months. He was survived by his wife and infant child.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1945


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Dad, it's been a long time, but I still wonder what it would have been like to have walked through the woods with you, or to just sit down and talk. I never got to see you, but you have always been with me in so many ways. I've always been proud of you and your service. I spent a lot of time in the woods hunting and sometimes just hanging out. It was my get away place . I'm getting old now and it won't be long. Hope to see you.
Gordon R. Barnes

Gordon R Barnes

July 11, 2022

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