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Southern Kentucky police still searching for man who shot deputy, fired at troopers

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Suspect has criminal history in Nelson County

Southern Kentucky Police are searching for a man accused of shooting and inuring a Tennessee deputy and opening fire on troopers in Kentucky Saturday.

The manhunt for 62-year-old Floyd Ray Cook has gained National attention and the perpetrator has a criminal history in Nelson County. 

According to Kentucky Online Offender Lookup, Cook was paroled in 2009 on a Life Sentence for several offenses committed in the 1970s 1980s, including  first-degree rape of a minor, second-degree assault, first-degree riot, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and second-degree escape. The offenses were committed between 1971 and 1988 and include Marion, Boyle, Lyon and Nelson Counties.

The first-degree robbery charge is for the Jan. 15, 1987 holdup of Hurst-Walgreen Drug Store in Bardstown, for which Cook received a 100-year sentence.

According to an article published in the March 30, 1988 edition of The Kentucky Standard, Cook and a friend — wearing ski masks — entered the drug store with a sawed-off shotgun, threatening to blow the pharmacist's head off. The men stole drugs and cash from the store, located in the Medical Building on South Fifth Street.

The pharmacist's wrists were taped together and he was made to lie facedown on the floor.

Tom Hall, who was Cook’s lawyer for the trial, described Cook as a “very desperate character.”

While details of the case were fuzzy, Hall remembered that Cook, at one point, had hidden a Thompson machine gun under his mother-in-law’s mattress.

“The gun was the old fashioned kind,” like gangsters used in the 1920s. “I sure as hell was scared of him … everybody here was scared of him.”

He also said he was surprised when he heard that Cook had been paroled.

Cook was reportedly last seen in the Cumberland County area and schools there have been closed for the past two days. He is considered armed and dangerous.