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From the Weatherford Police Department
On Saturday, 09/17/2011, just shortly after 7:30am, Weatherford Police Officers were dispatched to a local hotel in the 800blk of Palo Pinto St in regards to a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers found a white male, later identified as Shane Weston Cook (w/m 40yoa), in the process of damaging one of the hotel rooms. Officers found the room in severe disarray with windows broken, beds turned over and pictures torn off the wall. As they entered the room, the suspect had moved into the bathroom where he destroyed the toilet, plumbing fixtures and shower. It appeared that in the process of damaging these items, the suspect injured himself due to the large amounts of blood on him and around the hotel room.
Several police officers as well as Fire Department personnel attempted to take Cook into custody and after a struggle were able to take him into custody. Soon thereafter, Cook lost consciousness and emergency medical procedures were immediately begun. Cook was transported to Weatherford Regional Medical Center where he later died of unknown causes. Drug use is suspected in the incident and may have played a role in the death, although at this time, the cause of death is under investigation and will not be determined until results are released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
While officers were on scene conducting the investigation, they were contacted by Parker County Sheriff’s Office who advised that on the previous night, the suspect had been involved in at least two pursuits involving Azle PD and Parker County SO. Azle PD had attempted to serve a parole warrant on Cook when he fled in his vehicle. They briefly pursued him and then terminated the pursuit. He later wrecked his vehicle on Hwy 199, abandoned it and stole another vehicle. He was later located by PCSO who engaged in a brief pursuit that went to Lake Worth where he managed to evade deputies. At some point, he returned to Parker County, more specifically Weatherford and obtained the hotel room where he was later found by Weatherford Police Officers.
The incident is also being investigated by the Texas Rangers as a matter of Weatherford Police Department policy anytime a death occurs during the course of police action.