The week-long manhunt along the Kentucky-Tennessee border for an escaped felon ended violently Friday morning in a police shoot-out.
62 year old Floyd Ray Cook was killed by Kentucky State Police in a wooded area about seven miles south of Burkesville just before 12:30 a.m. No police officers were wounded.
He'd been on the run since shooting an Algood, TN police officer last Saturday and then firing at a Kentucky State trooper who tried to stop him.
The beginning of the end was Thursday afternoon when Cook was spotted in Cumberland County. As many as 50 local and state police responded to the area and were able to close in on him, even using heat seeking technology from police helicopters overnight.
KSP trooper Billy Gregory told WKU Public Radio that they're sorry the manhunt had to end the way it did, since they always try to find a peaceful resolution, but at least a "dangerous criminal is off the streets."
Gregory said they may never know how or where Cook survived the past week while eluding police.
Cumberland County schools were closed down for student safety all week while the manhunt was underway.