Police Officer Bernard T. Cook

Photo of Police Officer Bernard T. Cook
End of Watch: Fri, Jul 7th, 1922
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 8 months
Age: 28


Officer Cook was shot and killed on North Sixteenth Street when he attempted to question two suspicious men. Officer Cook was assigned to the location every Friday at 1445 hours to provide a police presence as checks were distributed at a local factory. While at the post he noticed the two suspicious men and walked up to them. As he did so the two tried to walk away. When Officer Cook called out to them one of the men turned and fired two shots from a revolver, striking Officer Cook in the arm and heart. Although mortally wounded, Officer Cook was able to return fire, but the shots did not strike the suspects. Neither man was ever apprehended.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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St. Louis, Missouri 63103
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