Patrolman Willis John Cole

Patrolman Willis John Cole

New Cumberland Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1994

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Willis John Cole

Officer Willis Cole was shot and killed after responding to a robbery in progress. Officer Cole arrived at the scene and was apprehending one of the suspects when another came around the building and opened fire on him. Officer Cole was shot in the chest, and was not wearing his vest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both suspects fled but were captured within 45 minutes of the shooting, both were convicted, with one sentenced to life in prison and the other given a death sentence.

Officer Cole had served with the agency for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 12-5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Convicted

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Today marks the 22nd year of your EOW. Rest assured that you are remembered by your brothers and sisters in Cumberland County Law Enforcement. RIP

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August 19, 2016

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