Authorities: Kentucky fugitive dies in shootout

Oct 30, 2015 8:36 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper has been killed in a shootout with authorities after a nearly weeklong manhunt.

A statement from Kentucky State Police says 62-year-old Floyd Ray Cook was fatally shot early today in south-central Kentucky during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers who had found him. No officers were injured.

Cook is accused of shooting and injuring an Algood, Tennessee, police officer during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police say a trooper then spotted Cook's vehicle and attempted to stop him near Burkesville, just inside the Kentucky state line. Authorities say Cook tried to flee, wrecked his vehicle and began firing at the trooper, who wasn't hit. Cook escaped, and authorities had been searching for him since then.

Convicted of rape in the 1970s, Cook was wanted in Marion County, Kentucky, for failing to comply with the sex offender registry.


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