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Protective Vest Saves Life Of East Texas Deputy

Henderson County Jail
July 24, 2019

A Henderson County Deputy Sheriff survived being shot Wednesday morning thanks to his protective bulletproof vest. It happened during an attempted traffic stop near Berryville in which the suspect fled, but was caught in Cherokee County several hours later. Jeremy Brian Cook, of Athens, was charged with attempted capital murder of an officer. The deputy, Jonathan Hutchison, was treated and released from the hospital. Cook is being held without bond.

Statement from Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse

The suspect who shot a Henderson County Deputy early Wednesday morning was captured after a manhunt led by Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and included the bulk of his Office, DPS, surrounding Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments, K-9’s, and a helicopter.

Jeremy Brian Cook, 39, was apprehended after a six-hour search that began after 3:00 am and involved pursuit of a motorcycle.

“The vest saved this Deputy’s life,” Hillhouse said.

Deputy Jonathan Hutchison was hit in the side, taken to a Tyler hospital, treated and released.

Deputy Hutchison attempted to stop Cook for a traffic violation on a motorcycle he was operating near Coffee City in the eastern end of the County.