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Police Officer William Coleman Cook | Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 16, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 1664

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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Public servants must attack a problem and find solutions by which they can solve and resolve. No running from wickedness. You fought tooth and nail for our liberties, Officer Cook, the fruits of your labor, your humbleness and dignity all went into bringing civility and sanctity to all mankind. Dade County and its citizens are better served and can live more productive lives because you were willing to sacrifice and you are missed terribly. Leadership is missed. Morals are missed. Character, courage and commitment don't seem to be the same. We just pray that those brave women and men who have succeeded you, Officer Cook, access, take a long look and offer the kind of reliability that you acquitted yourself with. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Values and honor do count in this war over violence. You saved lives and remain a treasured comrade, son, brother, uncle and great-uncle. Your loved ones, Officer Cook proudly and humanely carry on your fruition, your goals and dreams. You were and forever are their inspiration. God's shining angelic hero in armor. Beloved and respected for paving the trails of tenacity.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
June 26, 2017


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