Robert Cash’s condition uncertain
Spokeswoman says Denver hospital has no listing today for man who shot wife, self Friday
June 13, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Rhonda Cash remains in serious condition at a Denver hospital but there is no listing today for her husband, Robert Cash.
Robert Cash was listed in critical condition at St. Anthony Central Hospital on Saturday night.
"I have no listing for a Robert Cash," hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly said this morning.
Police said Robert Cash shot Rhonda, then himself, Friday morning at their western Steamboat Springs home.
Robert and Rhonda Cash initially were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat, then flown to St. Anthony on Friday, Rhonda in the afternoon and Robert at about 10:30 p.m. Police said Friday that a bullet had been lodged in Rhonda Cash's spine.
Capt. Joel Rae of the Steamboat Springs Police Department said Saturday that Robert Cash was in the neurosurgical intensive care unit.
Lilly said the lack of a listing for Robert Cash at St. Anthony this morning could mean he is “a silent patient” at the hospital, which she said means no information is given about his condition or whereabouts. She said it also could mean he is no longer at the hospital.
Police said Friday that it appeared that Robert Cash, 55, shot Rhonda Cash, 48, in the back of the neck with a .38-caliber handgun at about 6:30 a.m. in the home on Iris Lane. The two were going through a divorce.
Police arrived at the house at 9:37 a.m. Police Chief JD Hays said Friday that when officers arrived, 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 Friday.
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.
Dr. Neil Ganz, a dentist at Rabbit Ears Dental Office, confirmed that his wife, Joan Ganz, called the police Friday morning because Rhonda Cash had not arrived at work and Joan was concerned about her well-being.
The Ganz family requested privacy and did not want to comment about the incident.
Police are investigating whether Robert Cash legally owns the handgun used in the shootings. Rae said there was no reason, such as a previous conviction of a felony or a domestic violence charge, that Robert Cash would not have been legally allowed to own a gun.
Rae did not yet know what charges might be filed in 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, Assistant Manager Jason Dorr said Friday.