Kentucky Fugitive Killed in Shootout With Authorities

floyd_ray_cookFloyd Ray Cook, the fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and opening fire on a Kentucky trooper, was killed early this morning in a shootout with authorities, reports CBSNews.com.

State troopers and a federal marshal encountered Cook while searching an embankment in south-central Kentucky. The armed fugitive was fatally wounded after exchanging gunfire with officers south of Burkesville and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities converged on the area after being tipped off by a resident who encountered Cook along with her brother.

The death concluded a six-day manhunt which began when Cook was accused of shooting and wounding a police officer during a traffic stop last Saturday afternoon and firing at a Kentucky State Police trooper who recognized his vehicle later that day.

Cook had many prior convictions, including sexual assault, robbery and riot.

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