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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The small town of Lebanon, Kentucky is still dealing with the unexpected death of Marion County deputy sheriff Anthony Rakes.
It's not only a deputy's death that's hitting the community hard, but even the accused shooter's family.
"I'm speaking for the family. We are sorry that this happened to him," says Danny Krieger.
Krieger is 49-year-old Dewayne Shipp's brother-in-law and says he was in contact Wednesday with him through text messaging after Shipp took his own mother's car and gun.
He says he also alerted authorities about Shipp, a father of three who was divorced.
"I said: 'You got to let him know, if somebody pulls him over, they got to know that he's carrying a gun. You've got to call them right now.' I said: 'I'm hanging up, you call them right now," recalls Krieger.
But he says Shipp's text messages soon took a chilling turn.
Police say Deputy Anthony Rakes came across a car stopped in the middle of the road on U.S. 68. They say Dewayne Shipp shot the deputy twice when he got out of his car. That's when Shipp's family says he sent them another message.
"When he said that 'lead in the leg' and 'shot at the law,' I guess he didn't know this officer didn't have his bulletproof vest on," Krieger says.
Shipp's family says they can't imagine what the fallen deputy's friends and family are going through.
"We're telling all the Sheriff's deputies and his sisters ... we are so sorry. Whatever it takes," says Krieger.
While Shipp is charged with murder of a police officer, his family says they are now taking actions to honor the deputy that he's accused of shooting.
"At our house there is a flag in my front yard, and I lowered it to half-mast yesterday morning, Krieger says. "And I don't think I'll ever raise the flag ever again."
Kentucky State Police said yesterday that Shipp was taken to University Hospital, but family members tell us they have been told very little, and have had trouble reaching out to him.