BENTON, Ky. (KFVS) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team has identified the shooter in the shooting involving a Marshall County officer that cost the life to Chief Deputy Jody Cash.

According to KSP, the Marshall County Special Response Team arrested Gary Rowland, 30, of Murray, Ky., in Benton on outstanding warrants.

Mr Rowland was transported to the Marshall County Sheriff‘s Office following the arrest.

While there, Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Bowman and Calloway County Chief Sheriff‘s Deputy Jody Cash interviewed Mr Rowland for an investigation unrelated to the arrest warrants.

Deputies say Rowland asked for a cigarette, and Deputy Bowman and Chief Deputy Cash escorted him outside the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. While smoking, Mr Rowland fired a concealed handgun in the direction of Deputy Cash, striking him.

Deputy Bowman and Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Little fought back, hitting Rowland.

Personnel on scene attempted to save the lives of Chief Deputy Cash and Rowland. Marshall County EMS transported Chief Deputy Cash and Rowland to Marshall County Hospital, where both were pronounced dead.

Deputy Bowman and Deputy Little were placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Chief Deputy Jody Cash was a 22-year law enforcement veteran and had served in the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office since 2020. During his career, he served eight years with the County Police Department. State of Kentucky, retiring in 2018 at the rank of sergeant, six years with the Murray State University Police Department, rising to the rank of deputy chief, and six years with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

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