Sheriff’s deputy shot dead by released prisoner during cigarette break

A WE The man who last month fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy after he was allowed a cigarette break during questioning used a handgun he had kept hidden after his arrest.

The man pulled out the gun and shot Deputy Chief Jody Cash of Calloway County, Ky., after asking to be taken outside for a smoke break, police said.

Officers returned fire, killing 30-year-old Gary Rowland.

Sheriff’s Deputy Jody Cash was shot by a prisoner after allowing him a cigarette break. (Officer Down Memorial Page)
Rowland was being questioned at the Marshall County Sheriff‘s Office when he asked to smoke a cigarette, The head of the Lexington Herald reported.

Kentucky State Police said in a statement that deputies took Rowland outside and “while smoking, Mr. Rowland produced a handgun, which had been concealed.”

The shooting happened about an hour after Rowland was arrested for drug and gun crimes in Benton on May 16.

Cash and another Marshall County deputy were questioning Rowland for an investigation that was unrelated to pending warrants, according to state police.

Cash was a 22-year veteran of law enforcement.

Prior to working in Calloway County in 2020, he spent eight years with the state police and served as deputy chief of the Murray State University Police Department.

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