Schools closed for 3rd day in rural Kentucky amid manhunt

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(AP) — A rural Kentucky school district has canceled classes for a third straight day out of fear that a fugitive accused of shooting at law officers in two states might be lurking.

The manhunt enters its fifth day Wednesday. The suspect, Floyd Ray Cook, faces an attempted-murder charge in Tennessee, where he is accused of shooting and injuring an officer. The officer was saved by his bulletproof vest. Cook also is accused of shooting at a Kentucky trooper who tried to stop him. The trooper wasn’t hit.

Cumberland County schools Superintendent Kirk Biggerstaff says calling off classes again is a matter of prioritizing student safety.

The last confirmed sighting of Cook was in Cumberland County, which borders Tennessee.

Authorities are trying to determine whether he has a companion and a pickup.

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