Policeman Frank P. Cook

Policeman Frank P. Cook

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, December 16, 1925

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Frank P. Cook

Policeman Frank Cook was shot to death by a man he attempted to arrest as he was directing traffic at 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue.

He recognized the man from a police wanted poster as being wanted for outstanding warrants. He locked the suspect in a nearby police call box, and went back to directing traffic. Later when he opened the door to the call box, the suspect shot him twice. He then shot and slightly wounded another officer before other policemen subdued him.

On April 9, 1926, the suspect, 29, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Cook was a U.S. Army veteran of the WWI and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for nine years. He was a widower and was survived by his three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 131
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, warrant service

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 16, 2020

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