HENDERSON COUNTY, Tx. – A massive manhunt is underway after a Texas deputy was shot at least one time by a suspect who fled on a motorcycle around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Police in Henderson County said that the altercation happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning as a Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to execute a traffic stop on a motorcycle. When the operator failed to pull over, the deputy gave chase.
Police have identified the suspect as 39-year-old Jeremy Brian Cook.
It’s not clear how the chase ended, but at some point the deputy and Cook stopped. Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said that in an altercation after the pursuit, Cook allegedly opened fire on the sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy also reportedly fired his service weapon back at Cook, but it is unknown at this time if Cook was struck during the exchange. Cook is now on the run and a massive manhunt is underway to try and bring him into custody.
BREAKING: Henderson County Sheriff’s Office have released the name of the suspect who shot a deputy overnight.39-year-old Jeremy Brian Cook is on the run after shooting a Henderson County deputy. Cook maybe driving a stolen 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. License plate BR71002. @KLTV7 pic.twitter.com/UEz6NYXLG3
— Brennon Gurley KLTV (@voiceofbrennon) July 24, 2019
The deputy has not been identified as of the publishing of this article.
Officials say that the deputy was struck by gunfire at least one time, hitting him in the protective area of his bulletproof vest. That deputy was treated for his injuries and was released from a Tyler hospital, Sheriff Hillhouse said.
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KLTV reported that right now, deputies are searching for the Cook in the Three Points area of County Road 4117 in Berryville. Hillhouse said they are looking for a stolen gold 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup, which may be related to the investigation.
In addition to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, officers from Coffee City Police, Frankston Police, a U.S. Marshals task force, the Texas Rangers, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the manhunt.
NEW DETAILS: A Henderson County deputy who was hit during a gunfire exchange with a suspect overnight has been treated and released from a Tyler hospital: https://t.co/hFfM8I0Gyc pic.twitter.com/fu7LoUYnAK
— KLTV 7 (@KLTV7) July 24, 2019
Police have also reportedly called in K-9 units as well as horses to assist in finding the suspect. He is considered armed and dangerous.