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 quilt is knit and in it are many fine and exquisite colors. But, what is much more humble, honorable and humane are those peaceful of public servants who display and promote dignity, character and integrity that is most notably respected and greatly admired as heroes and heroines who must somehow go into the frontline facing great adversity and peril to somehow save and shield us from unthinkable violence which you so bravely did, Officer Cook, on behalf of your community of Dade County. To reach out and never squander the chance to make reality a humble element of your efforts that God has blessed and rewarded your soul of purpose and mettle. The good why they die young only Our Creator knows the answers. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Foundations dictate desire which devotes its goodwill, faith and direction to all mankind. You will be sincerely saluted, Officer Cook as badge#1664 performed in an outstanding fashion at all times no matter the event or situation.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2020

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