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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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Greatness is guarded by the guises of gallantry and its humble humility. Only bravery and its honor can help guide the pathways of our dearly beloved members of the law enforcing nation. In Dade County its residents have seen many great men and women of wisdom and vision come and go . Your sure feats of humility and integrity surely won't be overlooked. When service was called for you gave one-hundred percent effort, Officer Cook. The dignity and reverence for a young public servant who laid down his life for his community and friends, thus laying down the fabric for those foundations of fairness shall not go unnoticed. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. With steadfast motivation were you able to lead others through the danger and peril. All done under Our Creator's watchful eyes the same ones that look over you and you comrades of justice and equality for all now eternally resting in heaven where no harm will prevent you, Officer Cook, from serving those sacred streets and pearly gates.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
October 18, 2017


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