Authorities closing in on fugitive Floyd Cook

Authorities closing in on fugitive Floyd Cook

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A man who has been on the run for five days has been spotted in Cumberland County, near Willis Barbeque in Burkesville, according to Kentucky State Police.

A search of the area was underway Thursday around 5 p.m. Cumberland County is the place where police said a home Cook stayed at while on the run, was burned to the ground Tuesday.

Wednesday night, U.S. Marshals closed in on Troy Wayne and Katie McCarty at a gas station in Tennessee. The pair is accused of helping Cook escape police. The pair drove off, smashing into police cars, barely missing a marshal. An officer fired a shot trying to stop them, but police were forced to chase them down.

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"These men have fired and tried to kill three different police officers, three different times. They are extremely armed and dangerous," Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

The search in Cook's hometown of Marion County continued Thursday afternoon.

Deputies there are extra cautious. One of their own was killed in the line of duty three years ago, leaving everyone nervous.

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"We try to put their mind at ease that we're being watchful," Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said.

Around Marion County, Cook is the talk of the town.

"From my morning crowd, that's all we've been hearing about," Jesse Turpin said.

She works at Cedarwood where Cook was a regular. Almost everyone there knows him.

"I turn the TV's on and a lot of my customers jumped up and walked over to the TV's and made me turn it up real loud to hear what was going on about him," she said.

From being served, to serving time, everyone's waiting for what happens next.

"You wouldn't expect it from him, but you never know," Turpin said.

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