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Police Officer William Cooke | Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

Police Officer

William Cooke

Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Monday, October 18, 1858

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/18/1858

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer Cooke was shot and killed while working as the night jailer at the Salt Lake City Jail. During his shift two men entered the jail and demanded the release of a prisoner. When Officer Cooke attempted to stop them he was shot in the leg. He succumbed to his wound several days later. The suspect was later shot and killed in Wyoming.
Officer Cooke had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and children.

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Rest in peace Officer Cooke. There was a Metro-Dade Police officer by the name of William C. Cook, my neighbor, friend and hero like you who died in the line of duty in 1979. Thank you for your courage and bravery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
October 20, 2013

 

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