BENTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kentucky State Police have released more details on the events that left a Calloway County deputy dead.

On May 16 in Marshall County, there was an officer-involved shooting that killed Calloway County Chief Deputy Jody Cash. The man who allegedly shot Cash was also killed that day.

According to Kentucky State Police, just after 1 p.m. CST, the Marshall County Special Response Team (made up of different local agencies) arrested 30-year-old Gary Rowland from Murray.

Rowland had been wanted on charges of absconding from parole and drug and firearm-related charges, according to a news release.

Rowland was taken to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. A Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Donald Bowman and Cash decided to interview Rowland about a case unrelated to his arrest.

Cash and Bowman served on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

At some point during the interview, Rowland wanted a cigarette. Cash and Bowman walked him out front and let him smoke.

But while smoking Rowland produced a handgun, that KSP said was hidden somewhere on his person.

Rowland then allegedly fired the gun and hit Cash. Bowman and another Deputy Brandon Little returned fire hitting Rowland.

Both injured men were taken to Marshall County Hospital and were later pronounced dead.

Little and Bowman were both placed on administrative leave while KSP investigated the events surrounding Rowland and Cash’s deaths.

According to KSP, Cash had served in law enforcement for 22 years. He worked with the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office since 2020.

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