Manhunt intensifies for fugitive in Kentucky, Tennessee

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky fugitive accused of shooting at police in two states remained on the run, despite a five-day manhunt and a chaotic scene at a small-town Tennessee gas station that ended early Thursday with the arrests of two of his friends. Floyd Ray Cook, a 62-year-old convicted rapist and robber, has eluded police since Saturday afternoon, when he allegedly shot and wounded a Tennessee police officer. Marshals investigated a vehicle Wednesday night, which lead to a short chase that ended with two people fleeing into the woods near mile marker 108 on Interstate 65, said Danny Shelton, spokesman for the Middle Tennessee U.S. Marshals, who joined the search for Cook earlier this week, spotted a car they believed to be associated with him at the gas station, just off Interstate 65 north of Nashville, according to the U.S. Marshal Service is the lead agency working the case, but they are working in conjunction with multiple law enforcement agencies, including Tennessee Highway Patrol and Putnam County officers.

On Saturday, officers with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to an officer-involved shooting in which, authorities say, Cook shot Officer Ahscari Valencia. They have no intention except to hurt someone, to get away, and they have proven that at least three times.” But police arrested Katie McCarty, Wayne’s girlfriend, when residents found her soaking wet and muddy moments after the shooting. The manhunt comes nearly a year after police spent about seven weeks in search of Eric Frein, the survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper.

Cook was convicted in 1971 of raping a 19-year-old woman in Marion County, Ky., and found guilty of multiple other crimes such as burglary, robbery and riot in the state over the next two decades, records show. Officials closed schools in Cumberland County, near the Tennessee border line, for the first three days of the week out of concerns for the students’ safety during the ongoing manhunt, CBS News reported. Administrators in Sumner County, which is close to the site of Wednesday night’s shooting, posted on Facebook that they would “assess the situation with law enforcement officials prior to the start of school tomorrow to make the best decision possible for the safety of our White House schools.” In July, Cook was indicted on charges of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence, according to Hardin County court records in Kentucky. Several months ago, the Marion County sheriff’s office, making routine checks on the sex offenders in the county, discovered he was no longer living there, said Sheriff Jimmy Clements.

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 has been gripped with fear of the man authorities described as “armed, dangerous and desperate.” A Kentucky school district has canceled classes all week, afraid their students might cross his path while waiting for the bus.

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