Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

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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That flag of glory where your photograph was taken, Officer Cook, stands for allegiance to duty, unselfish sacrifice, unwavering integrity and dignity and the esteemed and humble honor you afforded people while serving and protecting them. Their peace and togetherness was tired to your focused tenacity and feverish pitch ferocity. Dade County is certainly different than when you started out over forty-three years ago. Priceless moments for heaven's sake. Valuable lessons to be learned from one young and treasured soul of serenity who set out to make our lives more taciturn and sound. You'll not be forgotten for your undaunted resolve and the ressourcefulness that has remained imbedded in our thoughts and hearts forever. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. The way athletes and others respect our flag it may be no wonder why evil and terror strike fear in our hearts. Take care Officer Cook and may your beloved continue watching over those who now serve and assist with keeping peace and liberty a staple for all times.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 15, 2017

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