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Fundraising effort for Jennings officer, Vermilion deputy

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Ricky J. Benoit. (Source: Facebook) Ricky J. Benoit. (Source: Facebook)
Allen Bares Jr. (Source: Facebook) Allen Bares Jr. (Source: Facebook)
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

A statewide organization is selling T-shirts to help raise money for the two law enforcement agents who were shot Monday in separate incidents.

The Louisiana Law Enforcement Support group is selling T-shirts to raise money for Jennings police officer Ricky J. Benoit and Vermilion Parish deputy Allen Bares Jr.

Benoit was shot Monday morning while responding to a domestic abuse call. He remains in a Lafayette hospital. You can purchase a T-shirt or make a donation at https://www.booster.com/benoitrecovery. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, they have sold 92 shirts and raised $800.

Bares, who was off-duty at the time, was fatally shot Monday afternoon. You can purchase a T-shirt or make a donation at https://www.booster.com/honoringdeputybares. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, they have sold 380 shirts and raised $4,210.

The LLES is also warning people that a gofundme.com account set up in Bares' name is not legitimate. They said "the family does not know individual (who set up the account) and has asked that no funds be sent to this particular account."

Anyone who wants to donate money should contact the Jennings Police Department at 337-821-5513, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-536-9677 or buy a T-shirt.

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