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

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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The chiefs speak. The leaders follow along. Strife and sorrow seem to trail each other's tail. Humbleness and a love of life was your proclivity, Officer Cook as was the citizens of Dade County. A common thread to your important work was always, always maintaining honesty, integrity and dignity that was neatly pressed into your uniform of hope and devoutness. Never will we see you again and it's just tragically sad, Officer Cook. You gave the most sacred thing and that was your life to try and settle down violence and its unrelenting and undeniable evil . Our peace of mind and purpose of thought all was driven by your undying desire and hopes of a safer and more profound future. One that would have been brighter if not for untimely line of duty death. You'll always be most respected and greatly admired as our hero and your family's most importantly. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 22, 2019

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