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

Wildlife Officer Ray Barnes was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a person illegally hunting deer along the Shoal River near the Okaloosa County-Walton County line.

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 on October 31st, 2004. On December 20th, 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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Sure wish you were here. I hope you and Uncle Ray are walking the woods of heaven looking for the perfect turkey!! I I’ll see you one day cousin!!

Joann Franklin Spaulding
1st cousin

December 19, 2020

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