Bremerton officer charged with assault

A Bremerton Police officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives in connection with a domestic violence investigation.

Arrested in his East Bremerton home was William “Bill” Cook, 39.

Cook, who was hired by the Poulsbo Police Department in 1989 and then transferred to Bremerton in 1996, made his first court appearance Friday afternoon on charges of second- and fourth-degree domestic violence assault and third degree domestic violence malicious mischief.

The victim is Cook’s estranged wife, Sara Cook, also a Seattle police officer. They married in 1985.

Allegations against Cook began April 29 when Poulsbo Police Department Sgt. Greg Wilson admitted knowledge of a pattern of domestic violence between the Bremerton patrolman and his wife to PPD Chief Jeff Doran. Doran directed the information to the Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

“He did a good job while he was here,” Doran said of Cook in a Friday interview. Cook began as a patrol officer with the PPD, moving up to detective before transferring to the BPD.

Many of the assaults alleged by Sara Cook occurred while her husband was employed by the PPD. She began reporting these assaults to Wilson, “Bill’s best friend,” as early as 1992. When contacted by KCSO detectives on May 2, Wilson admitted to his knowledge of domestic violence between the Cooks. He also told them he’d been best friends with Bill Cook for about 18 years and that Cook had told him he was abusive to his wife.

Sara Cook gave details to KCSO detectives about domestic violence which occurred as early as 1986.

Early in the marriage, Sara Cook alleges her husband verbally assaulted her, threw objects and would punch walls.

When Bill Cook suspected Sara Cook of having an affair in 1992, he dragged her through their home by her hair and threw her a distance of six feet. He then threatened to shoot the man she was supposedly in an affair with, as well as himself. Bill Cook shot their car that night.

By 1996, when Cook began working as a patrol officer for the BPD, court documents state that he had begun keeping track of “allegations, admissions and lies” by scratching dates and words into three different doors in the couple’s bedroom.

The following years Sara Cook alleges the assaults grew more violent. He once lifted her off the floor by the throat until she began to black out; she was left with marks on her face and neck. He also punched her in the eye causing it to bleed for more than four hours. Bail has been set at $250,000.

BPD Chief Rob Forbes said Cook is on paid leave.

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