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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

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: 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. He received 20 years for each conviction to be served consecutively.

On November 11, 2010, a second man was charged with the murder of Officer Cook and attempted murder of the Harvey police officer. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years plus 10 years for the attempted murder of the Harvey officer. He said he killed Officer Cook so he could get his gun to replace a gun he lost during the shootout with the Harvey officer. He will be eligible for parole in 2055.

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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I found this site recently and wanted to share a memory with Tom Cooks's family. I think it was around the year 2000, when I was part of a debriefing team that went to the Riverdale PD to debrief your Tom and other officers involved in an incident, (no one was hurt) but it was close enough. Several officers were part of the debriefing to support Tommy. I remember him so well for many reasons, one was his extraordinary passion about his work, about right from wrong, about bringing peace into chaos. Tommy was honest and open and what a gift I thought to everyone there. But his family should know he also expressed passion for his family, keeping them safe (you had a new baby at the time) and he knew what was important in his life, his wife and family. I was touched by his depth, coming also from a police and fire service family. I have been an ER chaplain many years now and seen everything, but I look for how we allow events or tragedies to shape us or define our priorities. Tommy stands out as one who did that uniquely and I could tell inspired his fellow officers in our group. The love and respect was so obvious and still touches me to this day. I remember recognizing him in the news at the time of his death, devastating loss of a passionate soul and remembering that long afternoon with him. I did not know about this site until recently. More than anything he wanted to protect and keep his wife and family safe from the very harm that he suffered. May we always know that evil, suffering and death will never have the last word, God will and His word is justice, peace and eternal life. Bless, bless and bless you again.

Trish Foley, Chaplain
May 11, 2015

 

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