Fugitive Rapist Floyd Ray Cook Shot, Killed by Kentucky Police

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kentucky fugitive Floyd Ray Cook killed in shootout with police.

BURKESVILLE, Ky. Kentucky police killed fugitive Floyd Ray Cook in a shootout early Friday, ending a massive manhunt that lasted more than five days and shut down area schools.WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) – A Kentucky fugitive accused of shooting at police in two states was spotted again Thursday when he showed up at a house and asked for a ride. Police were using helicopters and thermal-imaging cameras to search a wooded area in Cumberland County, near where Cook allegedly shot at an officer over the weekend. Cook, a convicted rapist and robber, has been on the run since Saturday afternoon, when authorities say he shot and wounded Algood, Tennessee, police Officer Ahscari Valencia during a traffic stop.

Just over an hour later, a Kentucky State Police trooper recognized Cook’s car and tried to stop him in rural Cumberland County, just beyond the Tennessee state line. He was spotted at a gas station in White House, Tennessee on Thursday and when officers approached him, Cook rammed two police cruisers and narrowly missed an officer, who drew his gun and fired a shot at Cook’s vehicle.

A swath of the border between Kentucky and Tennessee had since been gripped with fear of the man authorities described as “armed, dangerous and desperate.” Convicted of rape in the 1970s, Cook was wanted in Marion County, Kentucky, for failing to comply with the sex offender registry, according to Sheriff Jimmy Clements. He also has convictions for robbery, burglary, assault and riot, and is wanted in Hardin County on an indictment charging him with trafficking methamphetamine and tampering with evidence.

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