Officer Carl Jackson "Jack" Cooke, III

Officer Carl Jackson "Jack" Cooke, III

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 2, 1972

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Carl Jackson "Jack" Cooke, III

Officer Carl Cooke was shot and killed after responding to a robbery call at a grocery store.

As the subject fled he shot Officer Cooke three times. He was able to return to his patrol car where he collapsed. He was transported to Methodist Hospital where he died from his wounds a short time later.

The subject was arrested after other officers followed a blood trail to his home. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Cooke had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 3024

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 1, 1972
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My mother-in-law, Ruth Wells, was Jackie's babysitter when he was a child, and we were close friends with his mother, Joyce. I still recall the shock and pain when Jack died. He was a wonderful young man. This week, I came across a keepsake that brought back many memories. Prayers for his family, who are all remembered fondly.

Pricilla Joy Holliday

May 23, 2020

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