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Manhunt for accused cop-shooting fugitive forces Kentucky schools to close for 3rd day

Floyd Ray Cook is seen in an undated photo provided by the Kentucky State Police. (Kentucky State Police via AP)

Floyd Ray Cook is seen in an undated photo provided by the Kentucky State Police. (Kentucky State Police via 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.