UPDATE: KSP continues to search for man who shot at trooper

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BURKESVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- [Update 6:30 PM Monday] This weekend Floyd Ray Cook was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, after Kentucky State Police said he shot at one of their troopers the same day he was charged with shooting at a deputy in Tennessee.

Police were just minutes behind him Sunday, but he's still on the loose.

The stand off that took place in southern Cumberland County Sunday night, into Monday morning had more than a dozen police officers firing tear gas into a house on Dulworth Road.

Ultimately police went inside but didn't find Floyd Ray Cook. Monday the man on the loose, not only had people upset, but also extremely anxious.

"There ain't no telling how many rounds of tear gas went through my house. They about destroyed every window in it."

Sunday afternoon James Boles said he and his son pulled up to his house before he decided to try to go in through the back door. Before he could get to his back porch, he said he heard yelling then a car take off.

"I run all the way down my back porch, on this road down there, and I saw that guy twist around, he had a holster on his side. When he turned I thought he was trying to kick the dogs away so he could go back in the house. He could've went straight that way," said Boles.

Boles ran into the woods after seeing Floyd Ray Cook. After bursting in with no sign of Cook, Monday's search was spread back out to a wide area reaching into several counties.

The failed attempt to find Cook caused Cumberland County Schools to close for the day.

"If nothing changes then what about tomorrow? We're going to handle that on a day by day basis. We've been in contact with our local law enforcement officials. Either late this afternoon or early tomorrow, like we did this morning, we'll make a determination whether or not to have classes tomorrow," said superintendent Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff.

Cook is still considered armed and dangerous. The search including multiple law enforcement agencies is once again wide open, and police are shoring up all possibilities.

"He could be there or outside of the area. He's had plenty of time now seeing as how the last time anyone had any visual contact with him was yesterday (Sunday) afternoon," added KSP Post 15 Public Information Officer Billy Gregory.

There's no deadline in this case. Police plan to continue looking for Cook until they find him. They say the big break in this case may come from anyone seeing him, and giving them a call.

Police don't encourage anyone to search for Floyd Ray Cook but if you see him, you're urged to call 911 immediately.

He's considered armed and highly dangerous.


Cumberland County public schools canceled classes Monday, as police search for a 62-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding a Tennessee police officer, then firing at a state trooper in Kentucky. The school system has not yet decided if classes will be held Tuesday.

Authorities believe the suspect, Floyd Ray Cook, is on foot. He was last seen in the hilly, wooded countryside in Cumberland County, Kentucky.


UPDATE 10/26/15 8:34 a.m. : In the latest KSP release, police say they are still attempting to locate 62-year-old Floyd Ray Cook, of Lebanon KY.

Saturday, Trooper Jeremy Baker located the vehicle on KY 61 south of Burkesville and attempted to make a traffic stop when Cook fled onto Franklin Spears Road. Cook wrecked his vehicle and began shooting at Baker from within the truck. Police say Trooper Baker returned fire. The Trooper was not injured and Cook fled from the scene on foot.

KSP say they recovered the vehicle, set up a perimeter and began searching.

The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team was activated and tracked Cook into the early hours of Sunday morning before suspending the search due to weather and darkness.

According to police, the search resumed at daybreak and KSP received information from a homeowner that he had seen Cook enter his residence on Dulworth Road.

A search warrant was obtained and the Special Response Team made entry into the residence late Sunday night. Cook was not in the residence.

Cumberland County schools have called off school Monday for the safety of students during the search.

KSP is asking for the publics assistance in locating Floyd Ray Cook who is wanted for the Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. Floyd Ray Cook is a 6', 160 lb. white male with blue eyes, grey balding hair and grey facial hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green "Carhart" type jacket. Cook should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information regarding his whereabouts please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or any law enforcement agency at 911.


UPDATE SUNDAY 9:53 pm

KSP confirms they have a location on Cook.

They are not certain if he is hiding in the woods outside Burkesville, or barricading himself inside a home located on the property they are actively searching.

KSP says they are working off information they've received from an outside source, and as long as they have a lead they will continue the search tonight.


There is an active search for a suspect that shot at a police officer in Putnam County, Tenn.

Officers believe 62-year-old Floyd Ray Cook was then involved in a shootout with officers in Cumberland County, Ky. in the Burkesville area with a KSP officer shortly after the initial shooting in Algood.

KSP say they are actively searching for the man and should be considered armed and dangerous.

They say he was pulled over in response to the Tennessee shooting on HWY 61 south of Burkesville where he exchanged fire with an officer and escaped on foot. Public Information Officer Billy Gregory for KSP Post 15 confirmed an officer was not injured.

Kentucky State Police say Cook was last seen driving a black Ford F-150 truck with a KY license plate number 091HCS. The truck was an extended cab with a tool box in the bed and chrome running boards. There was a blue University of Kentucky Wildcat license plate on the front of the truck.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Cook was wanted on felony warrants out of Kentucky as well as in connection to the shooting of Ahscari Valencia, a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy.

Public Information Officer Beth Nelso said Valencia was shot in the abdomen area, but did not sustain any injuries due to his vest.

"It reminds us about the way that our police officers go out everyday knowing that they could face a life or death situation at any moment," said Nelson.

If you have any information on Cook you are encouraged to call KSP Post 15 at (270) 384-4796.



 
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