Deputy Sergeant William A. Cook

Deputy Sergeant William A. Cook

Danville Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1896

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William A. Cook

Deputy Sergeant William Cook was shot and killed by a prisoner in the city jail during an escape attempt. The prisoner, who had just been sentenced to the penitentiary for burglary, had obtained a pistol that had been smuggled into the jail by a female acquaintance. He shot Deputy Sergeant Cook three times and then fled from the jail.

The suspect committed suicide the following day after being surrounded by a posse inside a local hangout.

Deputy Sergeant Cook was murdered four days before his 55th birthday. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest in peace Sgt. Cook. There was a Metro-Dade Police Officer named William C. Cook, killed in the line of duty on May 16, 1979 in South Florida. Thought you may be related.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 7, 2013

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