Deputy Sheriff Allen Morris Bares, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Allen Morris Bares, Jr.

Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 2014

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Allen Morris Bares, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was shot and killed at approximately 4:00 pm while investigating two suspicious men while off duty.

Deputy Bares was cutting grass when he observed the men crash their car into a ditch on South Hospital Drive. He called the sheriff's office to report the incident and suspicious activity, then approached them and identified himself as a sheriff's deputy. As he did so one of the men drew a weapon and fatally shot him.

Responding deputies located Deputy Bares suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Abbeville General Hosptial, where he succumbed to his wounds.

After shooting Deputy Bares, the two subjects stole his truck and fled the area. The truck was later located in Abbeville, and both subjects were arrested several hours later. They were subsequently charged with first degree murder, unauthorized use of an automobile, and for a burglary they had just committed on the same street.

Deputy Bares had served in law enforcement for 15 years. He had previously served with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 32

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Deputy Bares was a great officer and friend to us all at VPSO. I had only the brief pleasure of being his trainee for a day while in FTO. He showed me a lot in that short time. There was no kinder man nor more diligent officer than he. I will never forget him as his EOW fell exactly on my birthday that day in 2014. Not a day goes by I do not miss him or wish he was still with us.

"What a cruel thing war is... to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. "

Robert E. Lee

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