Fugitive wanted for shooting officer has history of violence

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

ALGOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) — Even before he was wanted for allegedly shooting a police officer over the weekend, Floyd Cook had a history of violence.

Cook, 62, is a career criminal, according to records from the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Cook was initially imprisoned in Kentucky on April 28, 1971, after receiving a life sentence for a rape conviction in Marion County Circuit Court.

Over the years, he was paroled four times and rearrested on multiple occasions.

During his incarceration, Cook was convicted of second degree assault and first degree rioting while in DOC custody.

In 1988, after his third parole release was granted, Cook was convicted on charges of first degree robbery and persistent felony offender. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison, but would only serve 21 more years.

On June 16, 1988, Cook was one of eight inmates who escaped from the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville. The incident became known as “The Great Escape of ’88.”

He was captured two days later.

Cook remained incarcerated until August 27, 2009, when he was granted another parole and released.

In August of 2015, a parole violation warrant was issued as Cook had absconded supervision.

Cook was shot and killed during a shootout with police early Friday morning in Kentucky.

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