Man faces attempted murder charges, more following police chase
BAMBERG COUNTY, SC - A suspect who was the subject of a manhunt that kept Bamberg County and state law enforcement officers busy Monday afternoon is being held in the Bamberg County Detention Center pending a bond hearing Wednesday.
Tracy David Cook, 39, of 115 East St., Beech Island, was arrested Monday on charges of reckless driving, 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, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within proximity of a school and three counts of attempted murder.
The Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from a man reporting he was behind a vehicle he had recently recorded on his video security system during a theft. He said the man he was pursuing had stolen two trailers from him. He said the alleged thief was heading into Bamberg in a green Nissan truck.
Deputies, with assistance from S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers, caught up with the truck and pursued the suspect, later identified as Cook, as he traveled down Bridge Street in Bamberg.
According to the incident report, Cook drove to Ziggy’s Motel, committing numerous traffic violations along the way. Deputies pulled in behind him as he came to a stop in the motel parking lot and attempted to make contact with him.
Cook, however, refused to exit the vehicle as requested by officers. Instead, he put his truck in reverse and backed up toward some officers, spinning his tires, the report states. Realizing he was blocked in, Cook pulled forward, then put his truck in reverse again, backing up at full throttle toward three officers, according to the report.
Sheriff Edward Darnell said a DNR officer fired his weapon at that time in an effort to disable the suspect’s vehicle, striking one of the truck’s tires. Cook then drove to McGee Street, where he abandoned the truck and took off on foot into a nearby wooded area, Darnell reported.
Bamberg School District One schools were temporarily placed on lock-down as a precaution.
Officers from the SCDNR, the Bamberg Police Department, the Denmark Police Department and the Ehrhardt Police Department set up a perimeter around the area. After a brief search with the State Law Enforcement Division helicopter and a bloodhound team, Cook was taken into custody.
The incident report states Cook was using crack cocaine at the time of the incident.
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