Blue Alert Canceled After Sheriff's Deputy Shot in Henderson County

A Blue Alert for a man suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy in Henderson County has been discontinued.

Deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office were looking for 39-year-old Jeremy Brian Cook, saying he shot a deputy during a traffic stop near Berryville at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, the department said.

The deputy, whose name wasn't released, was wearing a protective vest, survived the shooting and was treated and released from an East Texas hospital.

After the shooting, Cook fled on a motorcycle. He was found and arrested Wednesday morning in a wooded area in Ironton, near Jacksonville in Cherokee County.

Cook has been charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Investigators warned that Cook, of Athens, was believed to be armed and dangerous and may have been traveling to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Cook was being held without bond. Online jail records did not list information for an attorney representing him.

Texas' Blue Alert program was signed into law in 2008 by then Gov. Rick Perry. The alerts, the DPS said, "are designed to speed in the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously wound local, state, or federal law enforcement officers. During a Blue Alert, the public receives information regarding the suspected assailant, facilitating tips and leads to law enforcement."

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