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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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Honesty and its sincerity can humble the most bravest of heroes. Police responds to all sorts of calls and the issues that are associated with them. A man of your personality, Officer Cook, defended Dade County and its citizens as well as any trained public servant. When humanity calls us we must be prepared to answer those callings, our destinies and fruition are on the line. You were a steady source of wisdom, knowledge and vision, Officer Cook, a gentleman of character and the humbleness concealed within your heroic actions. They will forever be revered as you were a most blessed hero as well as our savior. Violence is still being carried out sadly, your perseverance stays as grounded as does your soul in heaven. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
March 27, 2017

 

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