- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - One of two men believed to have fatally shot off-duty Vermilion Parish sheriff’s Deputy Allen Bares (BAR-ez) Jr. knew that Bares was a police officer when he pulled the trigger, state police said Tuesday.

Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said Bares identified himself as an officer when he confronted the suspects: Quintylan Richard, 20, and Baylon Taylor, 19, both of Abbeville. Hammons said the two were believed to have burglarized a home south of the city shortly before Bares was shot multiple times Monday.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1lnMja4 ) Bares was shot about 4 p.m. after calling authorities to report suspicious activity he observed while mowing grass on his day off. Hammons said Vermilion deputies responding to Bares’ call found him with several gunshot wounds.

Bares was taken to Abbeville General Hospital, where he died, Hammons said.

“It’s a very sad day today, as we lost a veteran brother in law enforcement, a husband, a father and a child,” said Sheriff Mike Couvillon in a written statement.

A witness reported seeing a gold Lexus crash into a nearby ditch and two men fleeing the area in the deputy’s pickup truck, according to a news release from the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The initial investigation indicates that the suspects fled toward Abbeville in Bares’ truck. The vehicle was located a short time later in south Abbeville, Hammons said.

Hammons said that after the men were identified as suspects, Taylor contacted the sheriff’s office and surrendered without incident in Abbeville. Richard, the suspected triggerman, was found in Kaplan and also arrested without incident, he said.

Both men were booked with first-degree murder of a police officer, unauthorized use of a moveable and burglary. They were being held without bond at the Vermilion Parish Jail. It was not immediately clear if either is represented by an attorney.

Hammons said it has yet to be determined whether the crashed Lexus had any connection to any earlier crimes or incidents in the area. “Certainly, a lot of questions are still to be answered,” he said.

Bares, 51, had been in law enforcement for 12 years and five months. He had worked for the Vermilion Sheriff’s Office twice. His most recent stint began in 2006. In between, he worked for a short time for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to the Vermilion Sheriff’s Office.

Bares is survived by his wife and two children.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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