Fugitive Rapist Dead in Police Shootout

Floyd Ray Cook initially shot an officer, fired at another: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2015 8:45 AM CDT
Fugitive Rapist Dead in Police Shootout
Floyd Ray Cook is shown here.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – 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 near Burkesville, Ky., after being confronted by state troopers and a federal marshal who were searching an embankment, a Kentucky State Police rep says. Cook was armed with a handgun and exchanged gunfire with the officers, the rep adds. No officers were injured. Cook was accused of shooting and wounding an Algood, Tenn., police officer during a traffic stop last Saturday afternoon and fled in a black Ford truck.

Just over an hour later, a Kentucky State Police trooper tried to stop him just beyond the Tennessee state line, authorities say. Cook tried to speed away but wrecked. 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, Ky., for failing to comply with the sex offender registry, a sheriff says. He also had convictions for robbery, burglary, assault, and riot, and he was wanted in Hardin County on an indictment charging him with trafficking methamphetamine and tampering with evidence. (Read more Tennessee stories.)

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