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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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Those who commit violence don't look at submission as a solution to a problem of enormous proportions. All police officers whether here in Dade County or for that matter wherever they may patrol must stay alert and be on guard at all times. Those moments come and go and it's during these crucial times that care, caution and integrity must shadow each beloved and brave servant. Your trust and dignity, Officer Cook, was quite instrumental in securing the proper peace and togetherness for all citizens. The people spoke and you answered all your professional roles and calls with clarity, class and alacrity. An alert person can focus better on what needs to be done in order to shape the landscape of our society. And because of your diligence, devotion and determination, mankind can live and breathe much more easier and safer. the commitment, character, convictions all worn on your crisp uniform and shiny badge were the messages of faith, hope and optimism for justice fairly and firmly to be exercised. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. One man's heroic legacy, yours, Officer Cook, that will be humbly and humanely saluted. You kept the integrity of your department and other officers who you led on the straight and proper path. No deviation. Your life and career were of the proper balance and fabric of morals and principles.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
December 4, 2016


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