KSP release more details about officer-involved shooting in Marshall County

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Kentucky State Police released more information about the officer-involved shooting in Marshall County on May 16.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) continues to investigate the Monday, May 16 around 2:10 p.m.

Just after 1 p.m. on May 16, the Marshall County Special Response Team (comprised of personnel from multiple local agencies) arrested Gary Rowland, 30, from Murray, Ky, in Benton for outstanding arrest warrants.

The warrants issued were for charges including absconding from parole and other drug and firearm-related crimes. Rowland was taken to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office after the arrest. Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Bowman and Calloway County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jody Cash interviewed Rowland for an investigation unrelated to the arrest warrants. Both deputies served as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force. During the interview, Rowland asked to smoke a cigarette. Both Deputy Bowman and Chief Deputy Cash escorted him outside in front of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. While smoking, Rowland got out a handgun that had been concealed on his body and fired it, striking Chief Deputy Cash, according to KSP.

Deputy Bowman and Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Little used their agency-approved firearms to return fire, striking Rowland. On-scene personnel attempted life-saving measures for both Chief Deputy Cash and Rowland. Marshall County EMS took Chief Deputy Cash and Rowland to Marshall County Hospital, where both were pronounced dead.

Both Deputy Bowman and Deputy Little were placed on administrative leave. Deputy Bowman is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and has served with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office since 2019. Deputy Little is a four-year law enforcement veteran, having served all four years with the Marshall County Sheriff’s office.

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

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