Posted: Nov 16, 2012 10:31 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2012 10:38 AM
A central Kentucky community will come together Friday night to pay their respects to a Marion County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot and killed during a traffic stop Wednesday morning. Family, friends, and fellow officers will gather at Bosley Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday night top pay their respects to Rakes, a man they say devoted his life to helping others.
Family members of the 31-year-old Rakes say he always dreamed of becoming a cop. That dream became a reality as Rakes worked two years with the Lebanon Police Department, then six years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
But it all came to a tragic end around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning when Rakes noticed a car stopped on U.S. 68 just outside of Lebanon. He went to check on the person inside, and that's when investigators say that person, DeWayne Shipp, shot the deputy twice then took off.
State Police say Rakes was not wearing a bulletproof vest. He died at the hospital. Shipp was later arrested in Taylor County, where police say he'd shot himself in the leg. He's charged with the deputy's murder.
Rakes' sisters say they knew his job was dangerous, but they hoped it would never come to this. "I always thought about it," said Regina Ewing, Rakes' sister. "Every time I hear an ambulance, is that Anthony? Is Anthony okay? I always thought about it, but never dreamed it happen."
The visitation for Rakes begins at 5 p.m. Friday. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Marion County High School.
State police say Shipp remains hospitalized. Once released, he will be taken to the Marion County jail.