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10/30/2015 2:15 AM
By Associated Press

Fugitive who shot at police seen in Kentucky

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky fugitive accused of shooting at police in two states was spotted again Thursday when he showed up at a house and asked for a ride.

Floyd Ray Cook, 62, has eluded police for six days despite a massive, interstate manhunt.

Police were using helicopters and thermal-imaging cameras to search a wooded area in Cumberland County, near where Cook allegedly shot at an officer over the weekend.

Cook visited the home in the afternoon, but the resident recognized him and called police, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said. Cook spotted an arriving cruiser and ran off into the woods, Gregory said.

Cook, a convicted rapist and robber, has been on the run since Saturday afternoon, when authorities say he shot and wounded Algood, Tennessee, police Officer Ahscari Valencia during a traffic stop. Valencia was saved by his bulletproof vest.

Just over an hour later, a Kentucky State Police trooper recognized Cook's car and tried to stop him in rural Cumberland County, just beyond the Tennessee state line. Cook tried to speed away, but wrecked and jumped from the truck on foot. He allegedly opened fire on the officer, missed and ran into the woods.


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