Police Officer Bernard T. Cook

Police Officer Bernard T. Cook

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 7, 1922

Add to My Heroes

Bernard T. Cook

Police Officer Bernard Cook was shot and killed on North Sixteenth Street when he attempted to question two suspicious men at 1410 North 16th Street.

Officer Cook was assigned to the location every Friday at 2:45 pm to provide a police presence as checks were distributed at a local factory. While at the post he noticed the two suspicious men and walked up to them. As he did so the two tried to walk away. When Officer Cook called out to them one of the men turned and fired two shots from a revolver, striking Officer Cook in the arm and heart.

Although mortally wounded, Officer Cook was able to return fire, but the shots did not strike the suspects. Neither man was ever apprehended.

Officer Cook had been with the agency for eight months.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Never apprehended

suspicious person

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

While your assailants were never caught and brought to justice, they surely faced a higher justice at a later time. Thank you for your service and know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 7, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.