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Published June 30, 2011, 03:55 PM

Red Lake, MN, Man in Court After 44-mile Chase, Squad Car Ramming

A Red Lake man appeared in court Thursday afternoon after allegedly firing shots at a house, leading an officer on a 44-mile long chase and ramming into a police car.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

A Red Lake man appeared in court Thursday afternoon after allegedly firing shots at a house, leading an officer on a 44-mile long chase and ramming into a police car.

According to the FBI, Edward Dean Cook, Sr., 53, appeared before Judge Mary Kay Klein in Bemidji, following his arrest. According to a criminal complaint, Cook is a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm.

During the early morning hours of June 12, the Red Lake Police Department (RLPD) received a call from Carla May, a Red Lake resident, saying that Cook, her father, was outside her residence and might have had a gun.

May called the RLPD back to inform them that Cook had left in a red Silverado pickup with her 11-year-old son. May said that Cook had been drinking.

At about 4 a.m., May again called the RLPD to report someone was shooting at her house. A responding officer arrived at the home and saw the pickup leave the area heading west.

After a pursuit that covered about 44 miles, Cook pulled off onto a dirt road and behind a house. The RLPD officer took cover on the passenger side of his squad car and fired three shots at Cook as he took off at a high rate of speed and smashed into the squad car.

Cook then attempted to flee the crash scene in the pickup, but it became hung up on a large log. Cook was then placed under arrest by RLPD officers.

Cook's grandson was found in the pickup, as were unexpended rounds of ammunition and discharged cartridge casings. No firearm was found. No officers were injured during the arrest.

After obtaining a search warrant on Cook's pickup, the FBI seized 18 shotgun shell casings, two spent shotgun shell casings, a can of beer and an empty medicine container with Cook's name on it.

Cook has twice been convicted in federal court on charges of assaulting a federal officer/employee. He is now forbidden to possess a firearm or ammunition.

Cook has been detained at the Red Lake Detention Facility since June 12.

A federal detention hearing is scheduled for July 5 in St. Paul.

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