The man accused of shooting a Henderson County sheriff’s deputy is in custody after a manhunt.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremy Brian Cook, 39, of Grand Prairie, on Wednesday. He is accused of the shooting that happened near Berryville, according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Cook has been charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer after shooting at the deputy and striking his bulletproof vest, according to the sheriff’s office.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said the vest saved the deputy’s life. The deputy, identified by Hillhouse as Jonathan Hutchison, was hit in the side and was treated at a Tyler hospital before being released.
Hillhouse said Hutchison attempted to make a traffic stop on Cook, who was driving a motorcycle in the Berryville area at about 3:14 a.m. Wednesday. A struggle and exchange of gunshots ensued before Cook fled on foot in the area of County Road 4117, the sheriff said.
Cook had last been seen in the Berryville area where he is suspected of stealing a silver 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, according to the Texas Department of Safety.
He was taken into custody at 10:17 a.m. in a wooded area off of County Road 3213 near Jacksonville in Cherokee County in the Ironton community, according to a news release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“These are the dangers our deputies face every day,” Hillhouse said in the prepared statement. “Thankfully, this ended with the deputy suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot injury and this suspect is behind bars.”
Hillhouse also said a social media post seeking information about Cook’s whereabouts received hundreds of responses.
Cook is being held in the Henderson County Jail on a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer, and Hillhouse said more charges will be filed.