Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

William Coleman Cook

Officer William Cook was shot and killed after he and other officers responded a shots fired call at 2:11 pm, just four minutes before he was to return to the station to end his shift. Officer Cook and other members of his squad were only one block away and responded to the scene, although they were not dispatched.

When they arrived at the scene one of the officers jumped into the suspect's car and attempted to disarm him but was shot in the head. The officer fell out of the car as Officer Cook returned fire, striking the suspect.

Thinking the suspect was dead, the other officers immediately went to the aid of the wounded officer. The suspect suddenly rose and opened fire, striking Officer Cook in the side, in-between the panels of his vest, and the third officer in the chest. As the suspect exited his vehicle a detective arrived on the scene and immediately exchanged shots with him, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officer Cook had been with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife, mother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1664

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To lessen violence would make a society that sometimes flounders in its own footsteps more appreciative of the many good servants, men and women serving the purposes for which God placed them on this Earth. You were placed here, Officer Cook, for the very same humbling reason. To enlighten our joys, hopes, happiness and pleasures. You can only accomplish this if peace, freedom and harmony are plentiful and likewise that of your honor, desire, devotion and decency. A hero of integrity and dignity with a bold character and the sound humility battling through evil's mazes where mayhem and utter kayos roam free. Sooner or later it must be stopped for anything constructive to begin to take its shape. Your family and department salute your memory and gallant legacy. Loving. Admired and reverently respected. A universal gentleman with a caring heart and warm smile that greeted everyone and that is most sadly missed forevermore. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 19, 2018

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