Patrolman Willis John Cole

Patrolman Willis John Cole

New Cumberland Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1994

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Willis John Cole

Patrolman Willis Cole was shot and killed after responding to a robbery in progress at a coin shop in the 200 block of Fourth Street.

Patrolman arrived at the scene and was apprehending one of the suspects when another came around the building and opened fire on him. Patrolman Cole, who was not wearing his vest, was shot in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Patrolman Cole had served with the New Cumberland Borough Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 12-5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

no vest, robbery

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I think of Will often and have many memories of going through the Academy with him back in ‘86. He had a great sense of humor and was loved and respected by all in our class. He lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother

Sgt.Scott Shaeffer, Retired
Derry Township Police Department and 35th MPOETC Academy Class

August 12, 2022

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