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The man accused of killing Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes during a traffic stop on US 68 last week was supposedly on his way to his ex-wife's house in Lincoln County.
Dewayne Shipp, 49, of McDaniels in Breckinridge County, was reported to police by his mother, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger. Sheriff Folger told The Advocate-Messenger in Danville that Shipp's mother called law enforcement and said her son had stolen her car, had a loaded gun, was depressed and was on his way to Lincoln County to his ex-wife's home. Shipp's mother was reportedly afraid of what he was going to do.
According to reports in The Advocate-Messenger, Sheriff Folger said he was called out shortly after 2 a.m. to stake out a section of Pine Grove Road in the Crab Orchard area where Shipp's ex-wife and daughter live.
However, according to KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory, the vehicle Shipp was driving was never officially entered as stolen. And local law enforcement agencies weren't notified to be on the lookout for Shipp, who was armed and dangerous.
According to Gregory, there was definitely a breakdown in communication somewhere.
"There's no question... There are a number of breakdowns that could have occurred. And plenty of blame to pass around," Gregory said. "But, hindsight is always 20/20. And, as good as you might be at your job, these things can still happen."
Shipp's criminal history
According to criminal records, Shipp has a criminal history in Marion, Lincoln, Grayson and Washington counties.
According to court records, Shipp was arrested in August of 2011 for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
In 2007 and again in 2011, Shipp was arrested for second-degree criminal mischief in Washington County.
In 2007, in Lincoln County, Shipp was arrested for operating on a suspended/revoked operator's license.
In 2006, in Grayson County, he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and possessing an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.
In 2005, in Lincoln County, Shipp was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and operating on a suspended/revoked operator's license.
In 2003, in Grayson County, Shipp was arrested for possession of marijuana.
In 2002, in Marion County, Shipp was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense.
And in the 1990s in Marion County, Shipp was arrested for theft of an automobile, first-degree bail jumping, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense, flagrant non-support and menacing.
Shipp was treated at University Hospital in Louisville for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. He has been transferred to the infirmary at the Kentucky State Reformatory, and he has been indicted for murder.
Shipp was arrested behind McDonald's in Campbellsville early Wednesday morning by Kentucky State Police and officers from the Campbellsville Police Department.