Volume 51, Number 34

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, August 21, 2014

Man wanted for burglary here killed during Sparta robbery

Pickett County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a burglary in Bolestown which occurred on May 5th. Deputy Chico Conner began conducting the investigation and found that six guns were stolen from a residence on East Port Dock Road.
The community of was advised of the burglary and a Bolestown resident notified the sheriff’s department of a suspicious vehicle in the area the same day the guns were stolen, gave a description of vehicle and provided a tag number.
Upon running the tag registration, Deputy Conner learned that the owner of the vehicle, Bryan Cook, 31, of Crossville, was suspected to have been involved with several other robberies in as many as 10 counties. Overton County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ledbetter was also investigating Cook and began working with Deputy Conner to retrieve the stolen property.
Det. Ledbetter contacted area pawn shops to retrieve the guns and was able to return five of the six because the guns’ owner obtained the serial numbers.
The following week after the robbery in Pickett County, Cook was attempting to rob a home in Sparta when he was killed by the homeowner.
According to authorities, the homeowner arrived home in the early morning and found Cook attempting to leave after he apparently had broken into the home. The report states that the homeowner, who is registered to carry a handgun, confronted the burglar and that’s when Cook pulled a gun. In self defense, the homeowner then pulled his gun and shot Cook.
According to White County Sheriff’s Department no charges are pending against the homeowner.

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