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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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On Monday, October 5th, 2015 a jury trial was held in Room 108 of the Cook County Courthouse, in Markham, Illinois. After closing arguments, the jury retired to deliberate. On Friday, October 16th, after numerous attempts to come to a unanimous verdict, The judge declared a mistrial. Several news sources reported that 2 jurors held out, and refused to return a guilty verdict.The case was continued until January 6th, 2016 to begin selecting a jury for a new trial.
Hopefully, this time, the jury will make the proper unanimous decision. Tom Cook's family, friends, and co-workers impatiently seek righteous justice. Tom Cook's senseless murder is as fresh in the minds of these people, as it was more than 9 years ago. They need closure.

Commander H. Ross Fuller
Metra Police Department
October 28, 2015


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