Funeral at high school for slain Marion deputy

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 2:01 PM

LEBANON, Ky. (AP) — The funeral for a sheriff's deputy gunned down in the line of duty will be conducted at Marion County High School.

Police said 31-year-old Anthony Rakes had stepped out of his cruiser to check on a car stopped in the middle of U.S. 68 near Lebanon when he was shot and mortally wounded Wednesday morning. Rakes died during surgery.

Later Wednesday, Kentucky State Police troopers and Campbellsville Police arrested 49-year-old Dewayne Shipp of McDaniels in Breckinridge County and charged him with murder. Shipp was taken to a Louisville hospital for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It wasn't immediately known whether he had an attorney.

Trooper Billy Gregory told The Advocate-Messenger that police believe Shipp was headed to the home of his ex-wife in Lincoln County. Gregory said Shipp's mother reported to police in Breckinridge County that her son had stolen her vehicle, had a gun and was going to Lincoln County, where his ex-wife and daughter reside.

Lebanon is about 85 miles east of McDaniels and about 30 miles west of Lincoln County.

Gregory said Rakes had no idea of the situation he was going into.

"He had no way of knowing he (Shipp) might have had bad intentions," Gregory said. "He was probably coming up to the vehicle for a welfare check or motorist assist. That was probably his frame of mind."

Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said he was called around 2 a.m. and advised that Shipp was armed and dangerous and possibly headed to his ex-wife's home, so he began staking out the area.

Rakes had been with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for six years and served on the Lebanon Police Department prior to becoming a deputy.

Retired Lebanon Sgt. Elisa McHolan said she had known Rakes since before his police days, when he worked at a gas station and a factory.

"He always told me, 'I want to be a police officer someday,'" McHolan recalled. "I told him when we were hiring and he got on."

WLEX-TV in Lexington reported visitation for Rakes will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Bosley Funeral Home in Lebanon. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the high school.

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