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Written by Mallory D. Biering   

Tracy David Cook, 39, of Beech Island, SC was arrested for the attempted murder of three law enforcement officers on Monday, October 28th. Officers from the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) wanted Cook for questioning concerning recent break-ins throughout the county.

An officer from BCSO received a phone call, "from a victim of a recent trailer theft." The victim explained to the officer he, "was behind the vehicle that [was] recently captured on video security systems," at the site of the trailer theft.

According to the incident report from BCSO, "assistance from South Carolina Department of Natural Resource (DNR)," was requested from officers, "who were at the sheriff's office on an unrelated matter."

Officers found Cook driving on Bridge Street and followed him to Ziggy's Motel where officers, "activated blue lights and attempted to make contact with," Cook. As he "partially rolled the window down," Cook also placed his vehicle in reverse and refused to exit the vehicle.

He then proceeded to back his vehicle towards officers, spinning the tires. When Cook realized he was blocked in by the officers' vehicles, he pulled forward, refusing to comply with officers orders to stop. "[Cook] then put his vehicle in reverse a second time and backed up at full throttle toward three officers."

Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell stated it was at this point when a DNR officer fired his weapon, putting a hole in the right front tire of Cook's truck. Cook continued driving towards McGee Street, after driving across the yard of the motel. Cook left his vehicle in front of The Advertizer-Herald, and fled into the woods.

Eyewitnesses on Sunset Drive saw Cook running from the officers. One eyewitness said she saw the man jump over the fence to her dog pin as she was watering her dogs. According to the witness, Cook was close enough to touch, and all she said to him was, "Please don't bother me."

This same eyewitness said as Cook ran towards the woods behind her home, BPD approached the fence and came in through the gate door. She then saw one of the officers deploy his taser, which was unsuccessful in reaching Cook.

Officers from DNR, BCSO, Bamberg Police Department (BPD), Denmark Police Department, and Ehrhardt Police Department, "set up a perimeter of the area." Officers were found on McGee Street, North Street, Lacey Street, Main Highway, Suzanne Street, and George Street.

As the search continued for Cook, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Helicopter and Bloodhound Team began to assist in the search. The helicopter circled the perimeter and the bloodhound team started on McGee Street, making their way through the woods, and the yards of residents until Cook was found between Lacey and Suzanne Street.

Cook was taken into custody and is currently awaiting a bond hearing, for which a date and time is unknown. Other charges against Cook include: Driving Under Suspension, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Drug - Carisoprodol, Possession of tools used in a crime, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine within Proximity of a School.

 
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