HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Law enforcement has located and captured a suspect accused of shooting a Henderson County deputy early Wednesday morning.
According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, 39-year-old Jeremy Brian Cook has been apprehended. He was wanted for attempted capital murder of a public officer in connection to altercation that occurred in the Berryville area of Henderson County.
The altercation began with a car chase at about 3:14 a.m. on Wednesday after Cook failed to stop for a deputy. According to DPS, Cook fled from the deputy on a motorcycle. Hillhouse reported shots were exchanged after Cook reportedly wrecked the motorcycle near County Road 4117.
The deputy, identified by the sheriff’s office as Deputy Jonathan Hutchison, was shot at least once in their bulletproof vest. The deputy was treated and released from a Tyler hospital, Hillhouse said.
It is not known if Cook was hit during the exchange, according to Hillhouse. After the altercation, he reportedly fled on foot from the scene.
Several agencies were involved in the manhunt for Cook, including the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 unit was also called to aid in the search.
Cook was eventually apprehended at about 10 a.m. in wooded area near the Ironton Community in Cherokee County.
He was transported to the Henderson County jail where he was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. Hillhouse reported Cook may face more charges.
The sheriff’s office released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon following Cook’s capture:
The suspect who shot a Henderson County Deputy early Wednesday morning was captured after a manhunt led by Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and included the bulk of his Office, DPS, surrounding Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments, K-9’s, and a helicopter.
Jeremy Brian Cook, 39, was apprehended after a six-hour search that began after 3 a.m. and involved a pursuit of a motorcycle.
“The vest saved this Deputy’s life,” Hillhouse said.
Deputy Jonathan Hutchison was hit in the side, taken to a Tyler hospital, treated and released.
Deputy Hutchison attempted to stop Cook for a traffic violation on a motorcycle he was operating near Coffee City in the eastern end of the County.
When he fled the scene, the Deputy chased him. Cook wrecked the motorcycle on County Road 4117 in the Berryville area of Henderson County.
A struggle and exchange of gun-shots ensued. Cook then fled on foot.
A manhunt began to attempt to apprehend Cook. During the manhunt Cook stole a vehicle and fled the area. He was apprehended in the Ironton Community in Cherokee County around 10 a.m. with the help of Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Unit, Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell and his office, and numerous other agencies.
“These are the dangers our Deputies face every day,” the Sheriff said. “Thankfully, this ended with the Deputy suffering a non-life-threatening gun-shot injury and this suspect is behind bars.”
Sheriff Hillhouse said he first posted on social media in the wee hours of the morning information and a picture of the suspect.
Hundreds of people responded.
“The public and law enforcement personnel from across the region brought this case to a quick end,” Hillhouse said.
Sheriff Hillhouse would like to thank all of the law enforcement community who assisted in the apprehension of Cook.
Cook is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and is currently being held in Hillhouse’s jail. Cook will be facing more charges to come.