MARION COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - What began as a normal traffic stop took a tragic turn. A Central Kentucky community mourns the loss of a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.
Early Wednesday morning, police say 31-year-old Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot during a traffic stop along Highway 68 near Lebanon. He later died at a hospital. A preliminary autopsy found he was shot in the abdomen and lower torso.
Police later arrested the suspect, 49-year-old Dewayne Shipp, in neighboring Taylor County. He's been charged with murder.
Now, people who were friends with Deputy Rakes, and worked with him, are sharing their memories with WKYT.
"If you didn't see a smile on his face, something was wrong. He was always smiling," noted Assistant Chief Greg Young with the Lebanon Police Department. Deputy Rakes smiled through six years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Before that, he worked as a police officer with Assistant Chief Young.
"He was just true to heart. Just took his job very seriously. Would do anything he could to help out anyone in the community and he treated everybody like he wanted to be treated."
"We are a small community. Everyone knows everybody here pretty much, and Anthony was a hometown, home grown boy," said Marion County Judge/Executive John Mattingly.
The 31-year-old knew many throughout the county, and when word of the shooting spread, a lot of people couldn't speak.
"There's just no words to express the loss and tragedy that we feel and the total hopelessness of why somebody would do this," said Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw.
After the shooting, police arrested the suspect, Dewayne Shipp, in Taylor County. He was taken to a Louisville Hospital because police say Shipp shot himself.
WKYT has learned Shipp has a long criminal history. In the 1990's court records show he plead guilty to threatening a woman in Stanford. He also once faced DUI and alcohol intoxication charges in Marion County. Shipp's current address is in Breckinridge County. Court workers say he has not been charged with anything there.