Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

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William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Cook was shot and killed at the intersection of NW 77th Terrace and NW 12th Avenue, in Gladeview, after he and other officers responded a shots fired call at 2:11 pm, just four minutes before he was to return to the station to end his shift.

A man had just fired shots into the home of his estranged wife.

He and other members of his squad were only one block away and responded to the scene, although they were not dispatched. When they arrived at the scene one of the officers jumped into the suspect's car and attempted to disarm him but was shot in the head. The officer fell out of the car as Officer Cook returned fire, striking the suspect.

Thinking the suspect was dead, the other officers immediately went to the aid of the wounded officer. The man suddenly rose and opened fire again, striking Officer Cook in the side, between the panels of his vest, and the third officer in the chest. As the man exited his vehicle a detective arrived on the scene and immediately exchanged shots with him, killing him.

Officer Cook had served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, mother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1664

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, shots fired

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The debris still remain in the roads and upon our very streets. The mess that terror, torment and turmoil leave behind is gigantic and no matter all excellent people of the law enforcement communities are challenged and tasked with awesome burdens and onuses for most that are too large to bare. You were willing, able and capable, Officer Cook, cumbersome yet a man of sound thinking, a mighty heart and intelligence that was remarkable. No ifs ands and doubts, honesty, integrity and dignity fortified all trails and paths leading to resolutions. With virtue and wisdom, clarity was spelled reverence, esteem and loyalty. Dade County witnessed conducive character, outstanding commitment to excel beyond the horizons of humbleness which you'll remain as your soul is both blessed and rewarded for their earthly purposes, passions and causes. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Folly and fiction are indeed false. Ferocity and tenacity were surely true. A trusted man whose legend grows by the seconds. Your family, colleagues of the past and many close acquaintances have all missed you, Officer Cook, very much. Just tragic, terrible and sorrowful what transpired that fateful day of May 16,1979. No one forgets a soul so sweet and special lost before his time.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 29, 2022

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