Friday, September 29, 2006


Deputy Sheriff Vernon Matthew (Matt) Williams
Polk County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Thursday, September 28, 2006

Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, September 28, 2006
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Deputy Williams and his K9 partner, Diogi, were shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who had fled on foot during a traffic stop. Another deputy had stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and the suspect fled on foot into an adjoining wooded area.

Deputy Williams and Diogi arrived moments later and began searching for the suspect with the other deputy. The suspect opened fire on the deputies as they tracked him, fatally wounding Deputy Williams and Diogi, and wounding the other deputy in the leg.

The suspect remains at large.

Deputy Williams had served with the agency for 12 years and was assigned to the Northwest District K-9 Unit.

Police Officer Thomas A. Cook Metra Transit Police DepartmentIllinoisEnd of Watch: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Biographical InfoAge: 43Tour of Duty: 12 yearsBadge Number: 976
Incident DetailsCause of Death: GunfireDate of Incident: Wednesday, September 27, 2006Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown typeSuspect Info: Not available
Officer Thomas A. Cook was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car across the street from the Metra Electric Line station at 147th Street and Clinton Street in Harvey, Illinois.Officer Cook served with the Metra Transit Police Department for 3 years and previously served with the Riverdale Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


Ken C.P.D. said...

God Bless My Brother, My deepest Sympathies to his Family and Loved Ones.

D Unit Sgt said...

R.I.P. Officer Thomas A. Cook, one more fallen "HERO", My Condolences to his FAMILY and LOVED ONES.

ChicagosFinestwife said...

May he rest in peace and watch over you all. Very sad story.

Anonymous said...

You are among other hero's.
IF you can make the wake, funeral...PLEASE do so.
Next May 13-15 in Washington D.C. when Tom is again remembered, his family deserves to see row, upon row of ILLINOIS Law Enforcement Officers standing at attention in front of the Capitol [15 May] proof positive to HIS family of OUR commitment to them to..." Never Let Them Walk Alone!"

Stay safe my brothers and sisters and continue to remember and respect that "Thin Blue Line."

Anonymous said...

I work in 022 & have a lot of interaction with the Metra Police due to their service in the district. They are a great group of Officers. R.I.P. Officer Cook, and my condolences to his family & fellow Officers

Anonymous said...

The media just kills me.
Not a blessed word about the METRA officer since it was the second news story on the date that this trajedy occurred.

I forgot what was first place that day...... The discovery of a revolutionary new nail polish remover by scientists or some other drivel.

If the execution of a Policeman is not in the daily spotlight until the animal that did this is caught; we are in dire straits. Our "public" just doesn't give a damn about us....

Anonymous said...

RIP Bro. We will salute you in D.C. on May 15th.

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