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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Gab as you must, but, remember physical action speaks louder than talk. You acted very quickly, Officer Cook, to save life and limb of your fellow colleagues and those civilians involved in that messy domestic dispute of May 16, 1979. Dade County never forgot your courage and caring esteem, Officer Cook. A legend of a man whose diligence and devotion where A plus. Integrity like never before. Dignity to dig deeper to battle such a hurtful foe. Honor to humanely screen us from the pain and anguish of undue harm. Never more conviction, wisdom and vision to clear our pathways for peace and happiness, while wiping your trails free of impediments. Clutch character and the journeys to see you through your destinies. Our Lord has your soul of uniqueness humbly stored where it has a most difficult job, to patrol His streets while looking after others here bravely going about their professional business. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Sleep well, Officer Cook, the redemption is not very fat off.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 20, 2018

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