Deputy Sheriff Edgar Ivan Cooke

Deputy Sheriff Edgar Ivan Cooke

Union County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1952

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Edgar Ivan Cooke

Deputy Sheriff Ivan Cooke was shot and killed as he and several other deputies and constables served a warrant at a home that where illegal gambling and liquor sales was occurring.

When the officers arrived at the home the owner's wife ran inside and announced that officers were approaching. The owner hid in the basement and then opened fire as Deputy Cooke came into the home, striking him in the head twice.

The subject, 12 other men in the home, and the subject's wife were arrested and charged with murder. The home owner was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on April 22, 1962.

Deputy Cooke had served as the county's jailer for two years. He was survived by his wife and two step-children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1962

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Deputy Ivan Cooke,
My great uncle, Herbert Wilson, was the man who fired the fatal shots that extinguished your life at a young age. I offer my utmost sorrow and condolences to your family as my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother offered them to your wife and children back in the day. I thank you for your services to the citizens of Union County, TN.

Joe Moore


January 4, 2017

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