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Fugitive Rapist Dies in Shootout with Cops After a Week on the Run.

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene in south-central Kentucky after being confronted by state troopers and a federal marshal who were searching an embankment, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer Billy Gregory told The Associated Press. 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. Authorities had sent out public alerts during the week and schools in Cumberland County closed for three days out of fear that students might cross Cook’s path.

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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