Police Officer Bernard T. Cook

Police Officer Bernard T. Cook

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 7, 1922

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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 St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for eight months.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

suspicious person

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Officer Cook,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe as a member of the 79th “Cross of Lorraine” Division fighting the Germans during World War I.


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July 7, 2022

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