Steamboat Springs police officers and paramedics bring Bob Cash out of his home June 11 after police secured the scene. Police say Cash shot his wife and then himself. Both were transported to the hospital and were conscious and breathing.

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Steamboat Springs police officers and paramedics bring Bob Cash out of his home June 11 after police secured the scene. Police say Cash shot his wife and then himself. Both were transported to the hospital and were conscious and breathing.

Police: Steamboat man shot wife, self

Officers stormed into west Steamboat home after hearing gunshot


— A Steamboat Springs woman was shot in the back of the neck by her husband at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said, and crawled from her bedroom to the bathroom, where she waited until police rushed into the house more than four hours later.

Police were not called about the initial shot, but Rhonda Cash’s co-workers called and asked them to check on her when she did not arrive at work at a dental office. Her husband, Robert Cash, reportedly shot himself in the chest at about 9:30 a.m. as officers arrived to check the house at 2739 Iris Lane. Police entered the house at about 11 a.m.

Robert Cash, 55, and Rhon­da Cash, 48, were conscious and breathing immediately after the incident. On Friday night, Rhonda Cash was listed in critical condition at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. Police said a bullet was lodged in her spine.

Police said Robert Cash was going into surgery at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Friday evening and that he might be flown to Denver, as well. Nurses at YVMC said they had no Robert Cash listed as a patient Friday evening, but police Capt. Joel Rae said Robert Cash was alive and could not confirm whether he had been moved to a different hospital.

Police Chief JD Hays said that when officers arrived at the house at 9:37 a.m., they knocked on the door, yelled Rhonda Cash’s name and then heard a gunshot. That shot apparently was when Robert Cash shot himself in the chest, police said.

Police waited for the emergency response team to assemble before entering the house.

During that time, police and dispatchers repeatedly tried to call Rhonda Cash’s cell phone. At about 10:25 a.m., she answered her phone and Detective Nick Bosick talked with her, Rae said. Police still did not know where the man was in the house, and Rhonda Cash was unable to leave the house because of her injuries.

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.

Rae said Robert Cash used a .38-caliber handgun in the shooting.

Rae said there was no history of police responding to the house for any type of domestic argument. Robert Cash does not have any record of criminal cases more serious than a traffic ticket in the local courts.

Rhonda and Robert Cash filed for divorce in April. According to the petition for divorce, the two were married Nov. 16, 2005, and separated Feb. 23 this year. As in all divorce cases in Colorado, there is no reason given. The divorce petition states that the couple has no children together, and neither person had a protection order against the other. The house on Iris Lane was for sale.

Realtor Peggy Garrett said she was stunned to hear about the shooting. She had an appointment to meet with the Cashes at the home at 10 a.m. Friday so they could sign real estate documents.

“The only reason I didn’t make the appointment was because I couldn’t find my camera,” an audibly shaken Garrett said Friday. “I talked to Bob last night, and he said he had just manicured the lawn and wanted some new pictures.”

Before she could round up the camera and leave for the Cash home, she said, acquaintances who heard about the unfolding incident told her not to go.

Garrett said she had been referred to the couple by one of their relatives in the real estate business. She said she found them easy to work with.

“I had a real good rapport with them,” Garrett said.

Garrett said the couple authorized her to make it public that they needed to sell the house because they were divorcing.

“I’m devastated,” Garrett said. “They are two very good people.”

Rae confirmed that Rhonda Cash has two adult daughters, and police confirmed that Rhonda Cash works at Rabbit Ears Dental Office.

Robert Cash worked as a bagger and checker for more than 10 years at City Market, Assistant Manager Jason Dorr said. Robert Cash stopped working at the store several months ago, but Dorr could not say if he was fired or if he quit.

“Everybody at the store is very shocked and can’t believe that this happened. Bob was well-liked in the store,” Dorr said. “All our hearts and souls are with them both and their families.”

Police got a warrant and searched the house in the afternoon, Detectives Capt. Bob DelValle said. He said it was not clear Friday whether Robert Cash lawfully owned the gun.

Additional material from Pilot & Today reporter Tom Ross

Gunshot victims on Iris Lane

View Iris Lane blocked off by police in a larger map


blue_spruce 6 years, 11 months ago

wow...something other then a dui !! ... sure you guys know what you are doing?


Aaron Murphy 6 years, 11 months ago


Sounds like the bitter words of someone who has gotten a DUI in the past?

How about a little respect for our officers who are out there in this-and other- dangerous situations (not all of which make the news) every day?


john oakland 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree with driver. Thankfully none of the officers were hurt.


babette dickson 6 years, 11 months ago

Hope it is the hottest and last incident of the summer... Ain't the thing we want in the Boat!


blue_spruce 6 years, 11 months ago

okay...not as funny as i intended. however, for the record i posted to a different news article, which did not say anything like "Man shot wife, self in western Steamboat"...i posted to an article that talked about iris being closed. now my post is attached to this article, and the context is completely different. needless to say, i would not have put up this post to an article about a man and wife shooting....


Aaron Murphy 6 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for clearing that up, blue_spruce. Definitely changes the context.

That said, law enforcement in Routt County does a great deal more than just making DUI arrests. One needs not look any farther than the daily police blotter or the weekly arrest record published in the paper to see that.

We are fortunate to live in a town where headlines such as this one are not a daily occurrence, but instead are breaking news. Let us be thankful that both parties were conscious and breathing (even with serious injuries, they are alive), and that there was no confrontation with the officers on scene. All in all, the situation could have been much worse.


sledneck 6 years, 11 months ago

No matter how long I live I will never understand this kind of stuff. Walk away.

"Not what we need in the Boat"... or anywhere else.


localboy17 6 years, 11 months ago

I want to know why at 9:37 am when the police knocked on the door and heard the shot it took them another hour and a half to go into the house. "Assemble the SWAT team." Seriously? Just got into the house, that's what you are trained to do. What if Rhonda would have died in that hour. It shouldn't have taken an hour and a half. I believe the police do a great job here, I have family on the force in town. But I think that police maybe got a little anxious to use the SWAT team and get all the toys out that they never get to play with, and it cost precious time for Rhonda. Weak performance.


dave reynolds 6 years, 11 months ago

God help him..its big Bob who worked theexpress check out..I hope he finds eace in his life


callguinness 6 years, 11 months ago

Localboy... Assuming you really do have family on the force in town, maybe you should ask them why they just didn't rush in there. As with many things in life, maybe you should look for some facts, before you are so harsh with your criticisms.


seeuski 6 years, 11 months ago

My thoughts exactly callguiness, the Cargo incident comes to mind although much different, there the Police were criticized for rushing in. If an officer rushed in here and was shot I am sure the criticism would flow. Can't win either way with everyone so they just follow procedures. I wish the victim well.


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