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Friends, co-workers remember murdered Sheriff's Deputy

Deputy Anthony Rakes (Source: KSP) Deputy Anthony Rakes (Source: KSP)
Dewayne Shipp (Source: Marion County Detention Center) Dewayne Shipp (Source: Marion County Detention Center)

LEBANON, KY (WAVE) - A traffic stopped turned deadly for a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Monday morning.

Deputy Anthony Rakes was tending to what he thought was a stranded motorist when Kentucky State Police say the driver of that car shot and killed Rakes. Kentucky State Police say he had one gunshot wound to the chest and one to the abdomen.

He was a six-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Department. He also worked for two years as a Lebanon Police Officer.

State Police said Deputy Rakes was heading down US 68 around 2 a.m. Monday when he noticed a car stopped on the side of the road. When he walked up to that vehicle, Kentucky State Police said Dewayne Shipp, 49, opened fire.

Rakes cousin Glenn Simpson, who lives next door to Deputy Rakes, knew immediately his family member was in trouble. "I got a radio scanner. I heard the whole thing as he pulled up behind the car and that was something you never forget."

Simpson said Deputy Rakes dreamed of being a police officer when he was a little boy. His ultimate goal was working for Kentucky State Police. He was known for setting an example around his fellow officers.

Lebanon Police Major Greg Young started out with Deputy Rakes as a patrolman, "Whenever I was out with him he always treated everybody as he would want to be."

Young said Deputy Rakes also knew how to have fun. He spent his off time focused on things like NASCAR and University of Kentucky basketball, "We always teased each other about NASCAR and sports. He was a big sports fan."

How someone could take Deputy Rakes life is something his fellow officers and family don't know if they will ever understand. The only comfort they have now is knowing Shipp will be behind bars.

Shipp is currently charged with one count of murder on a police officer. Kentucky State Police said he is at University Hospital in Louisville being treated for a self inflicted gunshot wound.

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