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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Well, Officer Cook, I just found out that an African American pastor and his six kids are residing in your parents' home. It sure brought back a flood of memories and I cried like a baby. Could not avoid it. Death will do that and just today, I found out my last relative of mine from my parents, my beloved Aunt Marcia Schiff passed in her sleep. I do hope and pray your mom, Mrs. Julia Cook, is well. Your concern and care helped to seal safeness and harmony within our walls of freedom where only desirable character navigates. Those structures and their cornerstones are only made more solid because of your humility and humane heroism. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 27, 2018

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