(WHAS11) -- A Marion County Sheriff's Deputy was shot to death after Kentucky State Troopers say he was assisting a stranded driver early Wednesday morning. He was one of seven deputies in the tight-knit community.
"When we lose one of our own it goes to heart and it's been overwhelming with people in the community approaching law enforcement but police from surrounding areas," said Assistant Police Chief Greg Young with Lebanon Police.
Police escorted the body of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, 31, to Bosley Funeral Home.
"Anthony loved being a police officer," said Todd Shaw with Supporting Heroes.
Deputy Rakes finished his shift and was driving home when he pulled over to help a man in a 2007 Kia on US 68 around 2:00 Wednesday morning.
"It wasn't a traffic stop as much as it was him checking on the vehicle to see why it was in the middle of the roadway," said Kentucky State Trooper Billy Gregory.
Police say the driver shot the deputy and drove away. According to Lincoln County Sheriff, Dewayne Shipp's mother called police and said her son stole her car and had a loaded gun. She says Shipp, 49, was depressed and was on his way to his ex-wife's home in Lincoln County. His mother was afraid of what was next.
"Senseless violence and tragedy like this you really can't see coming. I'm sure in Anthony's case it definitely was not seen," said Marion County Judge Executive, John Mattingly.
Troopers caught Shipp in Campbellsville. He is under 24-hour protective custody while being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg at University Hospital.
Deputy Rakes was a six year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and he served with the Lebanon Police Department for two years.
"He was a big UK fan, he was a big NASCAR fan. Not positive but I'm pretty sure Jimmy Johnson was one of his favorite drivers," said Major Young.
Deputy Rakes leaves behind two sisters. His parents passed away before him.
A funeral is planned for Saturday at Marion County High School. Family members are grieving and are still confirming a time.
Shipp's criminal history dates back to 1990 in several area counties. It includes drunk driving, car theft and criminal mischief.