Kentucky fugitive killed in shootout with police after manhunt

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Floyd Cook, Kentucky fugitive, dies in shootout with police after manhunt.

BURKESVILLE, Ky. A rapist who was the target of a six-day manhunt after allegedly shooting a Tennessee cop was killed by police early Friday in what officials described as a “scary” conclusion.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 fired a handgun at the officers from an embankment by the side of State Highway 61 when they investigated reports of gunfire nearby, police said. 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. The manhunt started Saturday when police said he shot an officer in Putnam County, Tenn., and later fired shots at a Kentucky trooper in Burkesville after fleeing across the state line. She told WTVF she was about to leave her brother’s house and was clicking her keys to unlock her car when she thought she spotted a shadow at the garage. “And there he stood, next to a post,” the woman recalled.

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. 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 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. He seemed to be a very elusive character.” “It definitely should be notes that we’ve been getting information from all kinds of sources,” he told reporters. 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.

Cook, who was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in 1971, had been wanted for months by the Marion County, Ky., Sheriff’s Office for not residing at his listed address, saidSheriff Jimmy Clements.

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