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.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1664

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Still drive by your old house here in North Miami Beach, Florida where you lived, Officer Cook, always very tragic and sad. You gave of yourself to protect and serve Dade County's interest and your honorable heroic actions not only on May 16, 1979, everyday showed your true stripes of courage and charisma. So humane, dignified and integrity so excellent. God has your spirit and soul of stellar character lighting up His skies for all to see,salute and embellish your career albeit to brief. Mr.Pearsall railed and you raced to that scene to endeavor to stop his callous actions disgracing and disrespecting humanity which will always treasure your adoring reverence and absolute due vigilance.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2020

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