LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police were searching Sunday for a man accused of shooting and injuring a Tennessee police officer, and then firing at state troopers in Kentucky, officials said.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Billy Gregory said several law enforcement agencies are searching for Floyd Ray Cook, who fled into hilly, wooded countryside along the border of the two states.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Beth Nelson said Officer Ahscari Valencia of the Algood Police Department in Tennessee pulled Cook over on Saturday. When he asked Cook to show his hands, the suspect shot him. Nelson said Valencia, who has been an officer with the department for 1 ½ years, was wearing a bulletproof vest, which saved his life.
She declined to release what initiated the traffic stop due to the ongoing investigation.
Gregory said Kentucky troopers later found a vehicle about 5 miles south of Burksville, Kentucky, matching the description in the Tennessee shooting and pulled it over. He said the man inside exited and shot at troopers, who returned fire. The troopers weren’t injured. He said it wasn’t clear whether the suspect was injured.
Gregory said officials called off Saturday’s search after dark, but resumed Sunday morning at daybreak. He said officers are searching by foot and with K9s, in addition to having a couple of roadblocks set up to check vehicles in the area.
Gregory said Cook is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes into contact with him should notify police immediately.
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