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Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook | Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Cook

Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 319

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 6/23/2007

Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle

Offender: At large

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Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier while pursuing a motorcycle on the Belt Highway.

The motorcycle had been observed harassing a St. Joseph police officer by continuously driving past the officer and doing wheelies while the officer was conducting a traffic stop.

The officer radioed the situation in to dispatch and Deputy Cook responded to the scene. As the motorcycle fled northbound on the highway Deputy Cook attempted to catch up to it. As he crested a small hill he encountered a semi truck turning left across the highway. Deputy Cook swerved to avoid striking the truck but his patrol SUV left the roadway and struck a traffic control box.

He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries. The motorcyclist who caused the incident was not captured.

Deputy Cook had served with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.

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I had only been with this agency since January when this tragedy happened. I had only graduate the academy in December. I had to completely reevaluate my choice of profession. I almost quit that day. There is still a picture hanging in our patrol office as a reminder of what you and your sacrifice. You are not forgotten Charlie and a hero remembered never dies.

Sgt. Daniel Hill
Buchanan County Missouri
June 28, 2016


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