Kentucky fugitive suspected in police shooting killed by officers

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Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:35 AM

(Reuters) - A Kentucky fugitive suspected of shooting a police officer during a traffic stop was killed by law enforcement officials early on Friday, police and local media reported.

Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was accused of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly wounding a police officer in rural Tennessee and shooting at a Kentucky trooper later that day across the border, Kentucky State Police said.

Cook, who had been on the run for days, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers south of Burkesville, Kentucky, state police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no officers here hurt, WKRN-TV Nashville reported.

Cook was wanted in Kentucky on a methamphetamine charge and has a string of convictions dating back decades, state police officials said.

He accused of shooting an officer wearing a bullet-resistant vest during a traffic stop in Algood, Tennessee.

He fled across the border after the Tennessee shooting, where a trooper spotted his vehicle south of Burkesville, Gregory said. Cook evaded a traffic stop, wrecked his vehicle, exchanged fire with the Kentucky trooper and ran away, he said.

The shooting forced the Cumberland County schools to stay closed for several days.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere, editing by Larry King)