Police shooting suspect still at large, associates arrested in White House – The Tennessean
Floyd Ray Cook, the Kentucky man accused of shooting an Algood police officer, is still on the loose, according toÂ the U.S. Marshals Service.
Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service came across a vehicle they believed was associated with Cook near White House around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
After an encounter with officers that included a crash and a shot fired from a police officer, authorities arrested Katy McCarty and Troy Wayne – both known associates of Cook.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that suspects in White House fired shots at U.S. Marshals engaged in a hunt for a Kentucky man wanted for shooting at police.
What officials have not released is whetherÂ either of those suspects was Floyd Ray Cook, the 62-year-old man officials were chasing.
A second person was arrested around midnight, according to the White House Police Department. A woman was arrested earlier Wednesday night.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Spokesperson Lt. Bill Miller said that when photos of Cook were released on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigationâs Most Wanted list, numerous reports started to come in that Cook was spotted on Interstate 65 Wednesday night, some reporting that he was spotted near the White House area.
WhileÂ U.S. Marshals investigated the area, Miller said, they stopped a car at Shell gas station near the intersection of Highway 76 and Interstate 65 around 8 p.m.
Miller said one of the suspects fired shots at the marshals, aÂ collision happened and the car then sped down a dead-endÂ road, Industrial Drive, before going through a fence and into a field.
Shortly after the incident, Miller said, locals found a woman soaking wet and covered in mud. The woman, who was later arrested, was identified as Katie McCarty, a girlfriend of a man named Troy Wayne, a knownÂ associate of Cookâs.
Miller said officials believe there was a man and woman in the car marshals stopped, but are unsure whether the man in the vehicle was Cook or Wayne. Both McCarty and Wayne are believed to have been with Cook when he is reported to have previously shot at police.
âWhat we currently have is a very fluid situation taking place here in White House, Tennessee in Robertson County,â Miller said.
Cook,Â of Lebanon, Ky., faces an attempted murder charge in connection to the Saturday shooting that took place during a traffic stop inÂ Putnam County.
On Saturday, officers with the Putnam County Sheriffâs Department responded to an officer-involved shooting in which,Â authorities say, Cook shot Officer Ahscari Valencia. Cook then fled to KentuckyÂ where he was reportedly involved in another shootingÂ with law enforcement officers. He was able to escape on foot in the area of Highway 61, south of Burkesville,Â close to the Tennessee-Kentucky line.
The U.S. Marshals office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are taking the lead on the investigation, with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies
Officials created a command post at the Shell gas station Wednesday night. Officers had the street blocked off around the gas station and were directing traffic around the area.
Helicopters flew overhead and officers with rifles were seen patrolling with police dogs.
The Robertson County Sheriffâs Department contacted multiple businesses around the area and advised managers not to allow anyone to enter or leave the businesses due to the manhunt.
The Best Western Plus hotel in White House received the call around 8 p.m. and remained closed as of 10:30 p.m. The Cracker Barrel restaurant also received a call around 9:30 p.m. and was closed for about 20 minutes, manager Jim Johnson said.
Sumner County Schools issued a statement Wednesday night on the schoolâs Facebook page, saying school officials will continue to monitor the situation in White House and will make a decision about whether to close schools Thursday.
âWe will assess the situation with law enforcement officials prior to the start of school tomorrow to make the best decision possible for the safety of our White House schools,â the post said.
Authorities described Cook asÂ a white manÂ with brown hair and blue eyes, 6-feet tall and 160 pounds. Cook should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about Cook’s whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Reporter Holly Meyer contributed to this report.
Reporter Jordan Buie can be reached at 615-726-5970 or on Twitter @jordanbuie