Dewayne Shipp (Source: Marion County Detention Center)
LEBANON, KY (WAVE) – A family and community are preparing to say good-bye to a deputy killed in the line of duty. Marion County deputy Anthony Rakes lost his life after he was shot by a man in a car he was checking up on.
Rakes' sisters said he would do anything for anybody. While they know dealing with his death won't be easy, they said they have some comfort knowing, he died doing what he loved.
Even at a young age, Anthony Rakes, knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. In a written paper for grade school, he titled it "I want to be a Cop."
Not surprising at all to his older sisters, Anita Elder and Regina Ewing, who watched him grow up and achieve his dream.
"He loved his job," said Elder. "He loved helping people." Deputy Rakes started his career as a Lebanon police officer before joining the Marion County Sheriff's Office, where he served for six years.
His sisters knew the dangers were out there. "I always thought about it," said Ewing. "Every time I hear an ambulance, is that Anthony? Is Anthony ok? I always thought about it, but never dreamed it happen."
Little could anyone predict, at 2: a.m. Wednesday morning, when Deputy Rakes stopped to check on a driver sitting on the side of the road, that would be the man police say fired the fatal shots, leaving a family grasping for answers.
"What was his purpose for shooting him?" asked Elder. Looking to their faith, the sisters can only hang on to the memories they do have.
"He loved my kids," said Ewing. "He was my baby brother and I just hate to see him go. I should be first. I'm older."
Now they must say good-bye to their brother, a true hero in the eyes of many. "I know he died serving and protecting people," said Ewing. "I hated that it happened. He loved doing his job."
Deputy Rakes' visitation will be held on Friday at the Bosley Funeral Home for family and friends. At Saturday there will be a visitation at the Marion County High School, starting at 11 a.m. with his funeral to follow.
of the man accused of killing Rakes has a message for his sisters.
"We're so sorry because you know, this
is a servant of the law, 31 years old, he lost his life," said Shipp's
brother-in-law Danny Krieger. "We don't know what happened, we don't know why
this took place, we don't know why but out heart goes out to you, to the
Krieger said his brother-in-law was
despondent because he ran into some troubles in his search to find a job.
Krieger said Shipp stole his mother's
car and her gun then started sending upsetting text messages Tuesday night, "It's
gone too far, like I said. He said that he had lead in his leg and he done shot
twice at the law and that was the last text that I got from him."
Kentucky State Police said they found Shipp
in his car in Lebanon with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.
Shipp is charged with murdering a
At last check, Shipp was still in the
hospital listed in fair condition.