Suspect Shoots Marshall County Sherrif Dead With Concealed Gun After Being Allowed To Go For A Smoke
Calloway County Sheriff's Chief Deputy, Jody Cash, was shot and killed by a suspect carrying a concealed handgun who was allowed outside to smoke during questioning.
30-year-old Gary Rowland was arrested last month in Kentucky on drugs and firearms warrants and was accused of violating the terms of his parole. Authorities have said that Rowland was being interviewed at the Marshall County Sheriff's office when he asked officers if he could go outside for a smoke.
It was then when Rowland allegedly pulled out a concealed firearm and shot Calloway County Sheriff's Chief Deputy, Jody Cash.
Kentucky State Police said: "While smoking, Mr Rowland produced a handgun, which had been concealed on his person, firing it in the direction of and striking Calloway County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jody Cash."
Other officers returned fire and hit Rowland, both the suspect and the officer were rushed to hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said: "This deputy has paid the ultimate sacrifice today while serving our commonwealth. "Let us honor the life, bravery, and service of this deputy."
Deputy Cash had worked in law enforcement for 22-years, eight years with the state police, and had also previously served as assistant chief of the Murray State University Police Department.