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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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We will continue honoring your memory, Officer Cook. Today, I was dropping off a friend of our family off at Jackson High School in Miami and I wanted to drive on 17th Avenue at NW 75th Street to see the sign bearing your humble and heroic name. Naturally, I cried a bit after all you were my neighbor, friend and a hero to all Dade County and its folks whom you served with distinction and dignity. Your class, character and integrity as just like your beloved soul, enhancing our world with nothing but the warm rays of the sun. Rest in peace. You dreamed and accomplished. You left more to fulfill, God saw your destinies of ferocity and tenacity through for others to tackle those challenges. Big shoes indeed. Your badge of honor and high energy and intensity surely enough for any brave soul to aspire to become. Nothing lacking, always prepared, fruitful and firm when it mattered the most. Peace needs to be realized. Why violence happens there can be no rationalization, it just has to be stamped out, fairly and firmly. You took an affirmation and lived up to your word, Officer Cook, morals and proper conduct from a professional public servant.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
April 27, 2017


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