Updated 1 year ago by Josh Breslow
The family of a Marion County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed Wednesday morning during a traffic stop says 31-year-old Carl "Anthony" Rakes devoted his life to helping others and that he always wanted to be a police officer.
Investigators say the 31-year-old deputy was shot twice around 2 a.m. The alleged gunman, identified as Dewayne Shipp, was arrested a short time after the shooting in neighboring Taylor County.
"Yesterday afternoon, we watched him go to work, never thinking he wouldn't come back," Rakes' cousin, Glenn Simpson told LEX 18. "Knowing these things can happen, but we was hoping it never would. You just hear that and it runs a chill up your spine."
"He called back to dispatch and said he'd been shot," said Simpson. "Just sitting there kind of in shock, just hearing that and knowing who it was."
"It's a big blow. Things happen like this. It's hard to take sometimes, so close to home," said Don Webb, a resident of Marion County, who put a wreath on the door to the city building in Lebanon.
"He was an awfully good-hearted person that he'd do anything for you. You didn't even have to ask, he'd do it," Simpson said. "When he was a kid, he always wanted to be a cop, so that was his dream."
"Whenever I've been out with him, he always treated people the way he wanted to be," said Major Greg Young with Lebanon Police Department. "We always teased each other about Nascar and sports. He loved sports."
"It's a shock and Anthony was a hometown, homegrown young man," said Marion County Judge Executive, John Mattingly.
State Police say the suspect, Shipp suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken by ambulance to University Of Louisville Hospital, where he remained Wednesday evening. Investigators say, once released he will be transported to the Marion County Jail, where he will be charged with murder.
Funeral arrangements for Rakes are pending.