UPDATE: Fugitive shot to death by police
BURKESVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Life on the run came to a deadly end early Friday for a convicted felon, who was wanted in two states. State Police say 62-year old Floyd Ray Cook, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with two Kentucky State Troopers and one U.S. Marshal. The shootout happened shortly after 1:00 a.m. EST, approximately 7-miles south of Burkesville, according to State Police.
Investigators say Cook asked someone for a ride earlier Thursday in Cumberland County. Instead, that person drove off and called authorities. A sheriff’s deputy says he then spotted Cook, who ran into the woods. The deputy, knowing Cook was considered armed and dangerous, did not follow him. A perimeter was set up and the search for Cook resumed.
Cook was eventually found by two State Troopers and a U.S. Marshal along an embankment near a home on KY 61 in the wee hours of Friday morning, according to KSP. Investigators say Cook had a handgun and exchanged gunfire with the authorities. The Cumberland County coroner pronounced Cook dead at the scene. No law enforcement officers were injured, according to State Police.
All of this began October 24, when Cook reportedly shot a police officer in the chest in Algood, Tennessee. The officer survived. Later that same day, Cook was accused of shooting at a Kentucky State Trooper who had tried to pull him over in Cumberland County. The Trooper was not hit. Cook ran from the scene and remained on the loose until he was found, shot and killed Friday, according to KSP.
Along the way, there were numerous false sightings in Kentucky and Tennessee. As a precaution, Cumberland County schools called off classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Classes resumed on Thursday with increased security. On Wednesday, U.S. Marshal’s spotted a car north of Nashville, Tennessee, that they thought Cook might have been in. Investigators say that car hit two police cars and narrowly missed hitting a U.S. Marshal. One Marshal says he fired a shot at the car, but no one was hit.
Investigators say the car eventually crashed and police arrested the two people inside, Troy Wayne and Kate McCarty. They were described as “associates” of Cook. Investigators say Cook was not in the car, so the search for him resumed in Tennessee and Kentucky. That search led to the spotting on Thursday outside Burkesville.
Cook’s criminal history included prison time for rape, according to State Police.