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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1664

Incident Details

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

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Loved in life. Honored in death. Treasured memories. Surely saluted as a hero of Dade County forevermore, Officer Cook. Brave and humane standing tall against the wings of dignity and integrity blowing character skyward toward heaven.. Your soul my neighbor, friend and hero kept perspective alive and hope from running out. That day, Officer Cook, a very hot one indeed you answered a call with your last partner, Reserve Officer Scott Lincoln and performed the only way you knew. Decency, desire and trust reigning down from your spirit of esteem and loyalty, thus creating a heroic legacy to be fondly remembered. Never more unwavering, undying and unselfish compassion in handling any issues that all public servants must deal with at some point during their careers. Rest in peace. Mr. and Mrs. Cook, your darling, brave and handsome son sacrificed for his community where his name remains blessed and richly rewarded for his acumen and awareness. The better of maturity, wisdom and vision.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2019

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