Officer Daniel Wayne Cogburn

Officer Daniel Wayne Cogburn

West Columbia Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 1983

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Daniel Wayne Cogburn

Officer Daniel Cogburn was shot and killed by a suspect while writing a traffic ticket.

The shooter had nothing to do with the traffic stop and fired out of the car window as he drove by the vehicles. The suspect was apprehended and executed for the crime in 1996.

Officer Cogburn had served with the West Columbia Police Department for only four days at the time he was shot. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons, father, mother, brother, and sister.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 days
  • Badge 25

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1996

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It happened on 9th St, just past the east exit ramp approx. 1 1/2 blocks from Meeting St. Danny had just been assigned to our shift that afternoon. I barely got to meet him before we started on patrol. The short time I was able to speak to him and introduce myself, I took a liking to him. He was easy going and polite. I was the backup unit for the traffic stop. It all happened so suddenly. We all thought it was going to be a uneventful night. Nothing like this had ever happened at West Columbia PD before. We lost what I feel sure would have been a good officer. It's been 38 years and I still remember it so vividly.

Former PFC Thomas "Tommy" Coll
WCPD 1980-1984

August 9, 2021

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