Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

William Coleman Cook

Officer William Cook was shot and killed 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. Officer Cook 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 suspect suddenly rose and opened fire, striking Officer Cook in the side, in-between the panels of his vest, and the third officer in the chest. As the suspect exited his vehicle a detective arrived on the scene and immediately exchanged shots with him, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officer Cook had been with the agency 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

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Struck down in the prime of your life, Officer Cook, leaving your wife and family to mourn your untimely passing by a wicked young man. His class and character we can't ever begin to wonder. Yours, was first rate and top notch giving the residents of Dade County their taste of unity and freedom. The liberty by which can honesty go out and succeed. Your missions and journeys allowed you the opportunity to further accomplish your goals and the dreams that we all aspire to become. Treasured and adored. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Summer swelter will be here before we know it. Let your soul, Officer Cook, stay cool and dry as your floats up in the skies of the divine kingdom.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 24, 2018

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