High Sheriff John Caldwell Cook

High Sheriff John Caldwell Cook

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 16, 1804

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John Caldwell Cook

High Sheriff John Cook was shot in the head and killed while discharging his duties as sheriff.

The subject who shot him was believed to have fled to Tennessee.

Sheriff Cook had served as sheriff for only 10 months. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 74
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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What an amazing man you must have been, to take on the job of Sheriff at your age. How tragic that you were taken from this life in such a brutal way. We can only hope that your murderer faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

On this 211th anniversary of your murder and as the first so far known Law Enforcement Officer to make that ultimate sacrifice on this particular date, I honor your memory.

God Bless you and may your rest be eternally peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 16, 2015

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