MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office Deputy who was fatally shot at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has been identified as Chief Deputy Jody Cash.
Cash, 44, was killed in a shooting that occurred around 2:10 p.m. Monday at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Kentucky State Police Investigators said the only suspect involved in that shooting also died. The name of this suspect has not yet been released.
In a press release sent shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, KSP confirmed that Cash was the deputy killed in the shooting. Regarding other details that have not yet been made public, KSP states, “To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, KSP’s standard operating procedure is not to release specific details until vital witnesses were not interviewed and relevant facts were gathered. full investigations vary depending on the complexity of the case.”
Cash worked in law enforcement in Western Kentucky for more than two decades serving with the Kentucky State Police, Murray State University Police and the Bureau of Caldwell County Sheriff. He joined the Calloway County Sheriff‘s Office in September 2020. A photo from 2017 shows Cash talking with Local 6 in his role with KSP. Cash served with KSP from 2011 to 2018, retiring with the rank of sergeant.
Cash’s body was brought home to Murray on Tuesday, escorted by a motorcade of his fellow officers.
On Tuesday afternoon, Calloway County Sheriff Nicky Knight released a statement saying Cash’s death gives new meaning to the words “The Lord gives and the Lord takes back”.
“I knew Jody and worked with him in various capacities throughout his career in law enforcement with the Murray State Police, the Kentucky State Police, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and finally as Chief Deputy of the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office,” Knight wrote. “We as law enforcement work in what Judge Cunningham called ‘the arena of human tragedy’, but his compassion, compassion and loving personality shone through. .”
Knight wrote that in his 30 years in law enforcement he has seen many officers from other communities lose their lives, but “I never thought I would lose one of my own in performance of his duties”.
“Each year at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial, an honor guard of officers presented the colors and Jody’s son played the traditional taps on his trumpet to honor fallen officers,” Knight wrote. “As a father of 3 myself, I always watched Jody watching his son play and the look of pride he had was inspiring. That image will forever be in my mind. In the years to come at this ceremony , I have no doubt he will always be standing at attention, always beaming with pride, but his smile will have to be remembered because the game of Taps will be in his honour.”
Knight said it was up to the community to keep Cash’s memory alive.
“It is our job, the living, to dedicate ourselves to helping this community, and in doing so, we will honor Jody Cash’s legacy in perpetuity,” Knight wrote. “To his wife Michelle, son Jackson and Madyson, my thoughts and prayers and the thoughts and prayers of all law enforcement and this community are with you.”
Read Sheriff Nicky Knight’s full statement:
Law enforcement and local officials honored Cash’s memory on social media.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is asking members of the community to keep Cash’s family in their prayers. In a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said:
“The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office wishes to express its deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Chief Deputy Jody Cash.
Deputy Cash is a Caldwell County native and a former deputy here at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. He is and always has been a Brother in Blue.
Please remember Jody’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”
In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office said Cash helped in the weeks following the Dec. 10 tornado that devastated Graves County. “When he asked for his assignment, he was like, give me the worst assignment so your guys don’t have to. That’s really the kind of man he was,” the sheriff’s office said. of Graves County.
Graves County Deputy Chief Jeremy Prince recalled Cash calling him every morning and asking what he could do to help. Price wrote:
“I want to say something about my friend, Jody Cash. After the tornado hit Mayfield on Dec. 10, so many agencies came to help. Calloway County Sheriff’s Office was one of them. Every morning for about two weeks after the tornado, Jody wanted to come to Graves County with another assistant from Calloway to help answer calls or take care of anything we needed. mornings and say to me, “What do you need us to do today?” Often this was followed by “give me and my guys the jobs you don’t all want to do.” end of the day, about 12 hours later, I got another call, Jody was like, “I’m going home soon, do you need anything before I leave?” Then he was telling me who he was. had called in from Calloway to take calls overnight.
“It was Jody. He wanted to help, he cared about him and he would do anything you asked of him. Jody and I had to answer a few calls together after the tornado while he was helping us. Now I’m so Glad we got that opportunity to work together again.
“You will be missed, brother, but you will never be forgotten. You will forever be my hero.”
The Paducah Police Department and McCracken County Sheriff’s Office also shared their condolences for Cash’s family along with a photo of him.
Law enforcement outside of Local Area 6 also shares their condolences. In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Lexington Police Department said:
“Days like these are extremely difficult and difficult to describe in words. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Calloway County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jody Cash who was killed in in the line of duty today in Marshall County, Ky. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, community and the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office. Being Chief Deputy of the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Jody Cash also retired from the Kentucky State Police.
The people of Murray/Calloway County Special Olympics also mourn Cash’s passing. In a Facebook post, the group said:
“We lost a dear friend yesterday. Jody Cash was a friend to our athletes and a loyal and selfless servant to our community. Thank you for protecting, serving and loving us. To say you will be missed is a Nos heartfelt prayers go out to your family, friends and our community.
On Monday, before authorities confirmed Cash was the deputy killed in the shooting, Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentucky residents to pray for his family and loved ones, saying, “This deputy made the ultimate sacrifice today. ‘today in serving our Commonwealth. Let us honor the life, bravery and service of this MP.”
On Tuesday, Beshear said via Twitter that Cash’s death “is a reminder of how selflessly law enforcement serves day in and day out without knowing the dangers that lie ahead.”
“Words cannot express the pain our community feels at the loss of Calloway Co. Chief Deputy and former @kystatepolice Trooper Jody Cash serving in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “We already mourn those who made the ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week and the fall of Deputy Cash reminds us how selflessly law enforcement serves day in and day out without knowing the dangers that lie before them. are waiting. Deputy Cash will never be forgotten.”
We already mourn those who made the ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week and the fall of Deputy Cash reminds us how selflessly law enforcement serves day in and day out without knowing the dangers that lie ahead. . Assistant Cash will never be forgotten.
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) May 17, 2022
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also shared a statement about Cash’s death. In a tweet Tuesday morning, McConnell said: “Heartbroken over the loss of Calloway County Chief Sheriff‘s Deputy Jody Cash, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday. Deputy Cash was a hero who worked every day to keep Kentucky safe. We all pray for his family and his team members as they mourn this loss.”
I am heartbroken at the loss of Calloway County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jody Cash, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday. Deputy Cash was a hero who worked every day to keep Kentucky safe. We are all praying for his family and his team members as they mourn this loss.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) May 17, 2022
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky shared a statement about Cash’s death on Tuesday night. In a tweet, Paul said, “Kelley and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of a Calloway County Deputy as he served and protected his community. Please join us in keeping the family and friends of this brave Kentuckian and public servant in your thoughts and prayers.”
Kelley and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of a Calloway County deputy while serving and protecting his community. Please join us in keeping the family and friends of this brave Kentuckian and public servant in your thoughts and prayers.https://t.co/UqCHupcB2g
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) May 17, 2022
Funeral arrangements for Cash are incomplete at this time. These arrangements are handled by Imes Funeral Home in Murray. To read Cash’s obituary and share tributes and memories with his family, visit imesfuneralhome.com.