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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Deputy Sgt. Cook,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Danville.


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March 7, 2021

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