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Police Officer Thomas Alan Cook | Metra Police Department, Illinois Metra Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Thomas Alan Cook

Metra Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 976

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/27/2006

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Arrested

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Police Officer Thomas A. Cook was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car across the street from the Metra Electric Line station at 147th and Clinton Streets in Harvey, Illinois.

He was conducting surveillance on the station, which had seen a recent surge in armed robberies, when a subject walked up to his patrol car and shot him without warning. The subject then stole Officer Cook's service weapon before fleeing.

On January 5, 2009, authorities charged one of two suspects with three counts of murder. In October 2010 the subject pleaded guilty to murder for acting as a lookout during Officer Cook's slaying. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for his involvement in a shootout with a Harvey Police Department officer earlier that same day. On November 11, 2010, a second man was charged with the murder of Officer Cook.

Officer Cook was a US Army veteran. He had served with the Metra Transit Police Department for three years and previously served with the Riverdale Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, brother, and sister. His brother serves with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and his father served as chief of the Riverdale Police Department.

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Officer Tom Cook will always be remembered and never forgotten. His passing was a horrible loss to his family, friends, and co-workers. They say that time heals all wounds, but all this time that has passed, has not diminished the senselessness of Tom's death, and the immense pain and agony never went away. We (3rd District, Afternoon shift) only lost one man, but his passing effected so many. Everyday I'm at work, I stare at Tom Cook's picture on the wall. I wonder why it happened, and what I could have done differently to have prevented it. Nothing will ever make this right.

Lieutenant H. Ross Fuller
Metra Police Department
June 20, 2014

 

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