A rapist who was the target of a six-day manhunt after a Tennessee cop was shot was killed by police early Friday.
Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was fatally shot near Burkesville, Kentucky, authorities said.
Law enforcement agents converged on the wooded area Thursday night searching for Cook, who was accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer during a traffic stop on Saturday.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Bill Gregory said two colleagues and a U.S. Marshal were searching an embankment on Kentucky Route 61 about seven miles south of Burkesville when the fugitive was spotted.
“Cook had a handgun and gunfire was exchanged,” Gregory said. “Cook was wounded and was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.”
Earlier, Cook approached a home in Cumberland County near the Tennessee border at around 2:40 p.m. local time (3:40 p.m. ET) and asked for a ride, but the couple refused and called police, Gregory said.
Deputies were dispatched and “when Cook saw the vehicle he fled into the woods,” he added.
Police from several law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter and searched for Cook using police dogs and aircraft around Burkesville, according to Gregory. Around 50 law enforcement officers were involved in the operation.
Investigators had described Cook as armed and “extremely dangerous.”
Cook was wanted on felony warrants out of Kentucky and for attempted murder of an officer after allegedly shooting Officer Ahscari Valencia once in the chest on Saturday in Tennessee. Valencia survived and has since been released from the hospital.
Shortly after that shooting, a state police trooper tried to stop Cook’s car in Kentucky. Cook fled in his vehicle, wrecked the truck and then opened fire on the trooper, according to Kentucky State Police. The trooper was not injured and Cook fled the scene.
Two “dangerous” acquaintances of Cook, Katy McCarty, 35, and Troy Wayne, 50, were detained on Wednesday night and being questioned following a chase and search in the woods.
They were taken into custody after U.S. Marshals on Wednesday spotted a car they believed was linked to Cook near White House, Tennessee.
The driver attempted to flee after an officer attempted to approach the car, and crashed into two law-enforcement vehicles before crashing into a ravine, according to the U.S. Marshals.