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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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The gravity of the situation demands the greatest and most gallant of efforts. In life we found effort is based upon resolve, faithfulness and the intensity that is the fundamental approach in solving most dilemmas. You stood for justice, character and honesty, Officer Cook. The way to function in a high stress and most challenging position is to stay calm as possible, collect your thoughts and have character and integrity by your side at all times. Dade County and its folks had you attention to detail, your total devotion and dedication to peace and unity. Today, because of your ultimate sacrifice, Officer Cook, you have been saluted for heroically saving lives, planning ahead, commitment to humility coupled with your humble navigation through those pathways of preserve. Decency and class was observed as you now rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero of engagement and endearment. These are the boundaries of boldness and bravery with which you passionately pursued in preventing wickedness. Always the gentleman, consummate public servant, noble and humane right from your youth. The truth never was missing. Forever a modest leader of others and now as you patrol overhead please keep watching us, Officer Cook and showering down positive vibrations, it may help put evil on ice for good. No more crime, terror, riots, racial unrest whatever peril lurks may it be derailed forever.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
August 16, 2017


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