Man fatally shoots sheriff’s deputy with concealed handgun during smoke break

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A man being questioned by authorities fatally shot a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy during a smoke break last month, authorities told ABC News.

Gary Rowland, 30, was arrested by a Marshall County Special Response Team on outstanding warrants on May 16, authorities said in the statement acquired Wednesday.

According to authorities, the charges against Rowland included fleeing parole and other drug and gun crimes.

Rowland was transported to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest, where two deputies were interviewing him for an investigation unrelated to the arrest warrants.

The deputies, who were part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force, were identified as Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Bowman and Chief County Sheriff’s Deputy of Calloway, Jody Cash.

Rowland asked to smoke a cigarette during the interview, so Bowman and Cash escorted him past the sheriff’s office. As he smoked, he pulled out a handgun, which had been concealed, and shot Cash, hitting him.

Law enforcement officers salute as Calloway County officers carry the casket of Calloway County Deputy Jody Cash after Cash’s memorial service in Murray, Ky., May 21, 2022. Cash, 44 years, was killed in an incident outside the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

The Paducah Sun via AP

Bowman and another deputy, Brandon Little, shot Rowland. Lifesaving measures were attempted on Cash and Rowland, but both were pronounced dead at Marshall County Hospital.

Bowman and Little were placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

Cash was a 22-year law enforcement veteran who had served in the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office since 2020.

Kentucky State Police are still investigating the shooting.

“This deputy made the ultimate sacrifice today serving our Commonwealth. Let us honor the life, bravery and service of this deputy,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on the day of the shooting.

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