Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Police Officer William Coleman Cook

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

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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.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1664

Incident Details

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

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God gives us each according to our needs. He gave you to your parents and your department, Officer Cook, to loyally serve and to protect us with every bone of your solid and cerebral being. Dade County had your full focus and serious attention to a rather pestering foe. Adversity strikes at the heart of our community and we along with our police must summon up the stamina to meet this great challenge. A great man, Officer Cook, you continue to be revered and so honored for honesty, dignity and the commitment to character and integrity. The world is a bit less safer after brave men and women are suddenly and violently taken by evil people. But, you are not forgotten for humility and devotion to your duties of responsibility. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 18, 2019

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