Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014

Man dies in SWAT standoff

By Lawrence Budd

Staff Writer


Members of the Warren County Tactical Response Unit shot and killed a South Lebanon man Monday, April 21, after a standoff at his home.

Warren Gary Cook, 56, of South Lebanon was pronounced dead at 4861 Lebanon Road at 7:25 p.m. Monday after he was shot by officers called to the home, according to reports.

Warren County Sheriff deputy Ryan Saylor, Mason police officer Aaron Shafor and Lebanon police officer Nathan Trout fired five shots, according to Warren County Sheriff Larry Simms. Two of the shots hit Cook.

Cook, who was wearing a bullet proof vest shot at officers by sticking a shotgun out the window of the home and shooting “in a spray action from left to right,” according to Simms.

Officers opened fire the second time he came to the window and showed the gun, Simms said.

“One round struck his left forearm and the second round entered the lower left cheek and came out the back right side of his neck,” Simms said.

Simms said an investigation is still ongoing but that officers did follow procedure.

“They did what was necessary and that’s unfortunate for Mr. Cook and his family,” Simms said.

The SWAT team was called to the home about 5 p.m. Monday after Cook threatened uniformed deputies and then barricaded himself in the home with at least one firearm. Deputies were at the residence attempting to serve a domestic violence protection order to Cook.

A Warren County magistrate had ordered Monday that Cook be removed from the home in response to a petition alleging he had threatened family members and was in and out of rehabilitation for a drinking problem.

Cook was expected to leave the home and stay away from family members and turn over “deadly weapons” and keys to a 1998 Mercedes Benz, according to court records.

Cook moved in with his mother after losing his home in a foreclosure and dissolution of his marriage, according to court records.

Cook was shot when he showed the shotgun at the window of the home. Three unidentified officers were involved in the shooting, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the coroner’s office.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting, according to a press release.

A neighbor who lives at The Cedars at Rivers Bend Apartment Homes said she heard at least five shots fired Monday evening.

“When we heard the gun shots we were relatively sure they shot this man and he was probably not alive anymore,” said neighbor Linda Lewis.

Lewis said deputies ordered residents at the apartment complex to go inside their homes.

“It was terrifying, it was frightening. We didn’t know what was happening, we didn’t know how dangerous this man could be,” she said.

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