Policeman Delmar E. Cook

Policeman Delmar E. Cook

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, December 6, 1948

Delmar E. Cook

Policeman Delmar Cook was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed person at 4800 W 48th Street.

The man had forced several poison pills down his wife's throat and then threatened to kill a doctor who had come to the home to treat her. The doctor called the police department, and Policeman Cook arrived with several other officers moments later.

Policeman Cook was shot in the stomach with a .45 caliber pistol as they officers attempted to subdue the subject. The man was found guilty of second degree murder, but the charges were dismissed after the judge ruled him to be insane. The man was committed to the Mendocino State Hospital.

Policeman Cook was survived by his wife, daughter, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Committed


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Policeman Delmar E. Cook was the Officer Down mentioned on first ever radio episode of "Dragnet" on 10-June-1949 on NBC Radio.

Came here to find the details on his loss.

Still remembered, Rest In Peace.

Rev Dr John Benjamin David Tatum DD PhD
CAD Ministries Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor

December 16, 2017

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