Detective Theodore Roosevelt Cole, Jr.

Detective Theodore Roosevelt Cole, Jr.

Chapel Hill Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, June 4, 1969

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Theodore Roosevelt Cole, Jr.

Detective Theodore Cole was shot and killed by a subject whom he had previously arrested several times.

Detective Cole was at home when the subject approached him in his yard and opened fire with a shotgun without warning.

The subject who murdered him was sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 1988 and died in 2001.

Detective Cole was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Chapel Hill Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you for your service and dedication to our great nation, and to the community you served. Detective Theodore Roosevelt Cole Jr. will always be remembered.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 18, 2022

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