Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # P160
Incident Date: 7/14/1974
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: Two sentenced to life
Patrolman David Cole was shot and killed after responding to an alarm call at a local business. When he arrived on the scene he observed two men walking nearby. As he approached them they opened fire, wounding him twice. One of the suspects then took Patrolman Cole's revolver and shot him again. Patrolman Cole was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Both suspects were sentenced to death but had the sentences commuted to life. One of the men was paroled in 1991. The other suspect has been denied parole three times and the next hearing is in 2017.
Patrolman Cole had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and four siblings. He is buried in Saint Peter Cemetery, New Richmond, Ohio.