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ONLY ON 7: ETX police chase ends with shots fired

By Lauren Callahan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Constable Mark Waters was patrolling I-20 near the Smith-Gregg county line when he noticed Michael Scott Cook's truck missing a front license plate and made what he thought was a routine traffic stop.

"He became agitated about the law in the state of Texas of having to have a license plate and tried to take his paperwork back away from me," said Smith County Interstate Criminal Patrol Officer Mark Waters. "I informed him he would be placed under arrest.  He informed me that he was not going to stick around."

Cook then took off, despite Waters running to the front of the vehicle in an attempt to stop him.  Waters called for backup, and DPS troopers scrambled to I-20 to help bring Cook in.

"During the time he was throwing out a lot of articles...large bags of trash, a fire extinguisher, cans of Coke.  He was waving gestures at us out the window," said Deputy Waters.

Near Kilgore, Cook allegedly tried to hit a DPS trooper's car that was parked on the shoulder.

"He was able to maneuver the vehicle out of the way to keep from being hit," said DPS Trooper Jean Dark.

DPS Troopers stopped the chase near the Eastman Road exit in Longview.

"A trooper was able to disable the truck tractor semi-trailer by deflating the tires with his M-4 rifle," said Trooper Dark.

Cook was arrested and taken to the Gregg County jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bond.  He faces two felony charges in Gregg County and may face more charges in Smith County later this week.

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