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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

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: 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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You will never be forgotten during Memorial Day or any other time. You were always there backing up others and were always there when needed. I know that God had a reason for what happened but it doesn' t make your loss any easier. You are always in our thoughts , Brother.

Ptlm Jeff ODonnell (Retired)
Wormelysburg / West Shore Regional PD
May 25, 2014


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