Policeman Delmar Eugene Cook

Policeman Delmar Eugene Cook

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, December 6, 1948

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Delmar Eugene Cook

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

The 46-year-old 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 the 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. He was released on April 4, 1951.

Policeman Cook was a U.S Army veteran of WWII and was survived by his wife, daughter, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3378
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Released in 1951


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I just listened to the 2nd Dragnet episode. It was dedicated to Officer Cooks memory. Thanks to the advances in technology the stories of these men will live on forever and people like myself who never heard of Mr. Cookwill no history and remember the man and his family.

Joseph F Klein

December 10, 2021

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