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Patrolman Willis John Cole | New Cumberland Police Department, Pennsylvania New Cumberland Police Department, Pennsylvania


Willis John Cole

New Cumberland Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, August 19, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 12-5

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/19/1994

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Convicted

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Officer Willis Cole was shot and killed after responding to a robbery in progress. Officer Cole arrived at the scene and was apprehending one of the suspects when another came around the building and opened fire on him. Officer Cole was shot in the chest, and was not wearing his vest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both suspects fled but were captured within 45 minutes of the shooting, both were convicted, with one sentenced to life in prison and the other given a death sentence.

Officer Cole had served with the agency for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

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After reading all these wonderful things about you, Will. the tears still continue to flow. All these comments are all so true and I miss you so much. Man the times we had at the farm and at the pool and I actually had Spree candy not so long ago, so many things remind me of you. Not sure why you were taken away so soon but I guess God needed Patrol up in Heaven because I am sure you are there. And you are keeping Aunt Susie and Aunt Peggy and all the others straight. You will never be forgotten here. Please watch down over your Dad and Mom here they are still hurting very much. I love you!

Jackie McMath Horst
August 20, 2013


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