Manhunt prompts Kentucky school district to call off classes

(Source: TBI)

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) – A Kentucky school district has canceled classes as police search for a 62-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding a Tennessee police officer and then firing at a state trooper in Kentucky.

Authorities believe the suspect, Floyd Ray Cook, is on foot. He was last seen in the hilly, wooded countryside in Cumberland County, Kentucky, which borders Tennessee. Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory says Cook is “as dangerous as they come.”

Classes were called off Monday in Cumberland County as the manhunt continued.

Superintendent Kirk Biggerstaff says the search has people unsettled.

Cook is accused of wounding the Tennessee officer during a traffic stop Saturday in Putnam County. Authorities say a bulletproof vest saved the officer’s life. Cook is accused of shooting at the Kentucky trooper later Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cook has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list:

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Floyd Ray Cook of Lebanon, Kentucky.

Cook is wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department for Attempted Murder. On October 24th, officers with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to an officer involved shooting where Cook is believed to have shot Algood Police Officer Ahscari Valencia during a traffic stop. Cook fled to Kentucky, where he was allegedly involved in another shooting incident with law enforcement officers. He was able to escape on foot in the area of Highway 61 area south of Burkesville, Kentucky, close to the Tennessee/ Kentucky line.

Cook, 62, is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.   Cook should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Floyd Ray Cook is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.


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