Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook

Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook

Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, June 28, 2007

Charles Cook

Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier while pursuing a motorcycle on the Belt Highway.

The motorcycle had been observed harassing a St. Joseph police officer by continuously driving past the officer and doing wheelies while the officer was conducting a traffic stop.

The officer radioed the situation in to dispatch and Deputy Cook responded to the scene. As the motorcycle fled northbound on the highway Deputy Cook attempted to catch up to it. As he crested a small hill he encountered a semi truck turning left across the highway. Deputy Cook swerved to avoid striking the truck but his patrol SUV left the roadway and struck a traffic control box.

He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries. The motorcyclist who caused the incident was not captured.

Deputy Cook had served with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 319

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 23, 2007
  • Weapon Automobile; Motorcycle
  • Offender At large

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Time goes on, the memories remain,
Our love for you continues to grow
Every day, just like this pain

Your smile, your laugh,
The way you'd light up a room,
Are just some of those things missing that warmed my heart.

We keep your memory alive, your legacy lives on I'm your beautiful son,
We wish you were here with us, but God said you were the one.

We love you, dear Charlie,
Then, now, and forevermore,

LaVonne McKinley-Cook

June 28, 2018

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