Cashes remain hospitalized |

Cashes remain hospitalized

Sister says Robert Cash must have been ‘very tormented and despondent’

Pilot & Today staff

— Robert Cash's family spoke publicly for the first time Sunday about the Friday incident in which police say Cash shot his wife and then himself before officers stormed their Steamboat Springs home.

Rhonda Cash remained in serious condition at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver on Sunday afternoon. Linda Cash Remy, Robert's sister, said her brother is "in extremely critical condition."

Remy, also a Steamboat Springs resident, sent a written statement to the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Sunday afternoon.

"As most of you are aware, Bob Cash is my brother and we have appreciated the concern, prayers and wishes you have all expressed to us during this horribly difficult time," Remy wrote.

"My family is extending their heartfelt prayers to Rhonda and her family for what has happened and hope that she is able to make a full recovery.

"Bob is in extremely critical condition and we have no indication as to what to expect during the next week or two for him medically. At this time, Bob has not regained consciousness," Remy wrote. "Obviously, Bob was very tormented and despondent to be able to carry out this act of violence."

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St. Anthony Central Hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly said the Cash family requested late Sunday that no additional information be given about either Rhonda or Robert Cash.

Steamboat Springs police suspect that Robert Cash, 55, shot Rhonda, 48, in the back of the neck with a .38-caliber handgun at about 6:30 a.m. Friday in their home on Iris Lane in western Steamboat Springs. The two were going through a divorce.

Police responded to the house at about 9:30 a.m. Friday after Joan Ganz, one of Rhonda Cash's co-workers at Rabbit Ears Dental, called police out of concern for Rhonda, who had not shown up for work. Officers arrived at the house shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday and heard a gunshot. Police think that gunshot was Robert Cash shooting himself in the chest.

Officers then waited for an emergency response team to assemble and talked with Rhonda Cash by cell phone at about 10:25 a.m.

At about 11 a.m., eight officers entered the house through the front door and used a flash-bang grenade.

No shots were fired.

Officers found Rhonda Cash in the bathroom and Robert Cash in a bedroom, both with gunshot wounds.

Robert and Rhonda Cash initially were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat. Rhonda Cash was flown to St. Anthony's on Friday afternoon. Capt. Joel Rae, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Robert Cash was flown to the same hospital at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said Friday that a bullet had been lodged in Rhonda Cash's spine.

Rae said he had no updates on the incident Sunday. Police are not yet sure what charges might be filed as a result of the incident.

Robert Cash worked as a bagger and checker for more than 10 years at City Market and had stopped working at the store several months ago.

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