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BURKESVILLE, Ky. — 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, according to a statement from Kentucky State Police.635817026473879027-Floyd-Ray-Cook-102915

Cook was armed with a handgun and exchanged gunfire with officers south of Burkesville, the statement said. He was wounded and pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The manhunt for Cook began after he was accused of shooting and wounding an Algood, Tennessee, police officer during a traffic stop last Saturday afternoon. He fled in a black Ford truck.

Just over an hour later, a Kentucky State Police trooper recognized Cook’s vehicle and tried to stop him in rural Cumberland County, just beyond the Tennessee state line, authorities said. Cook tried to speed away, but wrecked and jumped from the truck on foot. He allegedly opened fire on the officer, missed and ran into the woods.

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.

Authorities sent out public alerts. Schools in the Cumberland County district called off classes for three days this week out of fear that students might cross Cook’s path.

Officials believed they had zeroed in on him late Wednesday. An investigator spotted a car associated with Cook at a gas station in White House, Tennessee, just off Interstate 65 north of Nashville, said Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller.

A marshal, believing Cook to be in the car, approached and the driver attempted to speed away, ramming two police cruisers and narrowly missing an officer on foot, the U.S. Marshals Service said. An officer fired at the car.

The car careened down a dead-end street, through a fence and into a ravine, Miller said. The two occupants fled on foot into the surrounding cornfields, he said. But neither turned out to be Cook.

Two of Cook’s known associates, Katy McCarty, 35, and her boyfriend, 50-year-old Troy Wayne, were found, arrested and were being held as fugitives.


2 associates of Algood police shooting suspect arrested in White House

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two associates of the man wanted for allegedly shooting a Putnam County police officer over the weekend were both taken into custody late Wednesday night after a manhunt in White House.

The manhunt began after investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service observed a vehicle believed to be associated with Floyd Cook around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Robertson County.

When investigators attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver, identified as Troy Wayne, tried to drive away. He struck two law enforcement vehicles and nearly hit a Marshals task force officer, who was on foot.

The task force officer fired a shot at the vehicle in self-defense. No one was struck.

Authorities said he vehicle contained two people. It crashed into a ravine a short time later around three miles away, where the suspects fled on foot.Cook should not beCook should not be e

Multiple law enforcement agencies established a perimeter and began searching for the suspects.

Wayne, 50, was spotted by a witness who reported a suspicious person in her yard near Stoval Drive and Dale Court. Wayne was taken into custody a short time later.

Katy McCarty, 35, was seen by a THP helicopter and was taken into custody. McCarty has active warrants for conspiracy to commit murder in Arizona, according to THP.

McCarty and Wayne were both described by THP as “known associates of Cook’s.” They were both arrested early Thursday on a violation of probation charge out of Kentucky.

Authorities believe McCarty and Wayne were in the Cookeville area with Cook when he allegedly shot the Putnam County officer during a traffic stop Saturday.

Cook remains at large and has since been added to the TBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list.

“The citizens of this community can rest assured that there law-enforcement officials are doing their job,” said Lieutenant Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

“He could be in Tennessee. He could be in Kentucky. We don’t know where he’s at but all avenues are being investigated from all agencies involved in the search.”

Robertson County schools located in White House are on a soft lockdown Thursday. Schools are operating on normal schedule with heightened police presence out of an abundance of caution.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals were involved in Wednesday’s night search, as well as other agencies.

K-9 units also assisted in the search.

The 62-year-old man has brown hair and blue eyes. He’s 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

Authorities said Cook should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous.


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