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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The doctrine of divinity is to be honest and open, brave and operate your life and career with nothing but dignity and integrity. God's divine grace shined down upon your sweet disposition, Officer Cook, a gentleman with a trustworthy demeanor and conclusive character that sought out serious trouble when Dade County was in dire need. You came and rescued the citizens and your colleagues and made everlasting safety and unity your desired aspiration. Destiny then sadly came calling for you at the tender young age of twenty-five with more left to pursue. Violence and its taking of a life can never be vindicated nor can you be brought back to finish out your career and a life with your beloved, Karen. Principles, values, goals and dreams can all get quashed in a heartbeat by evil's unleashed powers. God's humility shines upon your soul, of wisdom and passion. All the right reasons why your service was very much greatly appreciated. Its scopes of surveillance were focused on us, your family and department who salutes your ingenuity and creativity. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Respect for mankind is admiration for a public servant's job done well.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 13, 2018

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