Law enforcement officials flush out, capture fugitive in Tyler

SMITH COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A man wanted on felony warrants attempted to hide from authorities in a densely wooded area east of the Beckham Avenue bridge this morning, but his time on the run was cut short by law enforcement officials who quickly surrounded the area.

Smith County Adult Probation Fugitive Task Force Officer John Brown said he and his partner went to serve a felony warrant on Joshua Cook earlier this morning at a home on Winona Street, but were stonewalled by the man's brother.
"While his brother ran interference and held us up, Cook ran out of the back door of the home and made his way into a wooded area near Tyler Steel off of East Gentry Parkway, Brown said.

As Brown and his partner searched the area other officers from Tyler Police Department, Smith County Sheriff's Office, Smith County Precinct 5 Constable's Office, and U.S. Marshals responded to offer assistance in locating the fugitive.

The officers quickly set up a perimeter and eventually caught Cook about 45 minutes after he fled from the home.

Brown said Cook was wanted on a physical tampering with evidence felony warrant, and was expected to be booked into the Smith County Jail.

"When they run, then they become a danger to the community and it's important for us to act quickly to get them into custody," one officer at the scene said.

Brown said the shirtless Cook was captured near the railroad tracks east of the Beckham Avenue bridge.


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