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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God's throng of helpers big and strong, all missed by their families for so long. The brave and bold, their honesty is to be retold. They toiled and sweated, perspired for a just cause, to eradicate terror from our midst. Humble and admired, cherished and resourceful. Never a better man, a true and trusted hero living in our community. Officer Cook, with integrity, wisdom and vision never clearer, it's a shame humanity does not get to ever see your smiling face anymore. As you rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero, just let the number zero represent the number of violent crimes for your cornerstone was to properly secure and preserve the sanctity of life. A heroic angel forevermore. Truth and justice fairly displayed. Never a partition between yourself and mankind. The wicked will have their day of judgment, the pious their reward of eternity. Keep looking down on us, Officer Cook, one day there will be a final get together! Redemption will be complete.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2019

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