The Putnam County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with District Attorney General Bryant C. Dunaway, filed formal charges Monday of Attempted First Degree Murder against Floyd Ray Cook, the man accused of shooting Algood Police Officer Ahscari Valencia on Oct. 24.
Authorities said Valencia, a member of the Algood Police Department for a year and a half, was shot once in the chest when he initiated a traffic stop of a pickup truck with a Kentucky license plate being driven by Floyd Ray Cook.
Shortly after the officer was shot here, authorities learned that a suspect believed to be Cook was involved in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Cumberland County, Ky.
Valencia, who was wearing a vest, was released from Cookeville Regional Medical Center late Saturday in good condition as authorities continue investigating the incident and seeking the whereabouts of Cook.
The man believed to be Cook, who engaged in shooting with the Kentucky law enforcement officers is reported to have fled the scene following that incident as well. In addition to the shooting of Officer Valencia and his suspected involvement in the shootout with Kentucky police officers, Cook is also wanted on felony warrants in Kentucky.
Cook was last seen here driving a black 2001 Ford F-150 pick-up truck with an extended cab, tool box in the bed and chrome running boards. It has a blue Kentucky Wildcats license plate on the front and a Kentucky tag number 091HCS.
Cook is considered armed and very dangerous. Anyone who spots him is warned to keep their distance, but to immediately call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at 931-528-8484.
The FBI will provide assistance in the case since the subject fled across state lines. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is a partner in the FBI's Safe Streets Violent Crime Gang Task Force and all available personnel continue to pursue leads in this case.
Cook is now listed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) 10 Most Wanted List.