Search continues in Tennessee for man accused of shooting officer

WHITE HOUSE, Tennessee – A search was underway in White House early Thursday morning for the man accused of shooting a Putnam County officer over the weekend.

Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service observed a vehicle believed to be associated with Floyd Cook around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

When investigators attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver, identified as Troy Wayne, tried to drive away from them and struck two law enforcement vehicles and nearly hit a Marshals task force officer, who was on foot.

The task force officer fired a shot at the vehicle in self-defense though no one was struck.

Courtesy: Smokey Barn News
Courtesy: Smokey Barn News

The vehicle contained two people and crashed into a ravine a short time later around three miles away, where the suspects fled on foot.

Multiple law enforcement agencies established a perimeter and began searching for the suspects.

Wayne, 50, was spotted by a witness who reported a suspicious person in her yard near Stovill Drive. Wayne was taken into custody a short time later.

Katy McCarty, 35, was seen by a THP helicopter and was taken into custody. McCarty has active warrants for conspiracy to commit murder in Arizona.

McCarty and Wayne were both described by THP as “known associates of Cook’s.”

The THP believes McCarty and Wayne were in the Cookeville area with Cook when he allegedly shot the Putnam County officer.

The manhunt for Cook is still underway.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals were involved in the search, as well as other agencies.

K-9 units also assisted in the search.

Floyd Cook (Courtesy: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)
Floyd Cook (Courtesy: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

Cook is wanted for attempted murder after he allegedly shot an Algood police officer during a traffic stop Saturday.

He was added to the TBI’s “Most Wanted” list earlier this week.

The 62-year-old man has brown hair and blue eyes. He’s 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

Authorities said Cook should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous.

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