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Deputy Sergeant William A. Cook | Danville Sheriff's Office, Virginia Danville Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sergeant

William A. Cook

Danville Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, March 7, 1896

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Sergeant William Cook was shot and killed by a prisoner in the city jail during an escape attempt. The prisoner, who had just been sentenced to the penitentiary for burglary, had obtained a pistol that had been smuggled into the jail by a female acquaintance. He shot Deputy Sergeant Cook three times and then fled from the jail.

The suspect committed suicide the following day after being surrounded by a posse inside a local hangout.

Deputy Sergeant Cook was murdered four days before his 55th birthday. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Rest in peace Sgt. Cook. There was a Metro-Dade Police Officer named William C. Cook, killed in the line of duty on May 16, 1979 in South Florida. Thought you may be related.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
March 7, 2013


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