October 22, 2018

Retired Franklin Police Officer killed in crowbar attack

(Buford, GA) — A father tragically killed by his son in a brutal crowbar attack earlier this week has been identified as well-known retired Franklin Police Officer Larry Cook.

Larry Cook was a Franklin Police officer from 1978-1994 (Photo: Facebook)

Larry Cook was a Franklin Police officer from 1978-1994 (Photo: Facebook)

The incident happened Wednesday night at Cook’s home on Bridle Glen Drive in Buford.

According to Gwinnett County Police, Larry Cook, age 68, first called 911 around 6:19 p.m.

The dispatcher heard yelling and someone requesting police, and then the phone line disconnected.

Moments later, a neighbor of Cook’s called 911 and said that a man was beating another man in the driveway of the home.

Larry Cook’s son, 40-year-old Joseph Allen Cook, is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of his father.

After Joseph Cook was transported to the Gwinnett County Police Department, authorities said he punched a female officer.

According to police, Cook was standing with two detectives in an interview room. After the handcuffs were removed, Cook allegedly turned around and punched the officer in the face.

Joseph Cook faces aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer and felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer in that separate incident.

Larry Cook was employed by the Franklin Police Department from August of 1978 until October of 1994.

A resident of Hogansville most of his life, Mr. Cook was a 1966 graduate of Hogansville High School and a member of Highland Baptist Church.

He had been employed by the Hogansville and Newnan Police Departments after retiring from the Franklin Police Department, and also retired from the Troup County Board of Education. He moved to Sugar Hill in 2011.

Joseph Allen Cook is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of his father (Photo: Fox-5 News)

Joseph Allen Cook is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of his father (Photo: Fox-5 News)

Larry was a well-known artist and specialized in restoring early century gliders.

A long-time friend, Don Pluckett told FOX-5 Atlanta news he is simply heartbroken by the loss.

“Larry and I talked to each other every day. There wasn’t a day that would go by we didn’t call each other or text each other, you know? And when his wife called last night, it was just broken hearts,” said Pluckett.

Pluckett said the two men both built and sold furniture, spending hours bonding at markets over the last 15 years.

“He would just have you in tears laughing about some of the stories that he was involved in. He was truly a fun guy,” said Pluckett.

A memorial service for Larry Cook will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville.

The family will receive friends at the church fellowship hall from 1-3 PM Sunday prior to the service.

 

Comments

  1. CLAY R. PIERCE says:

    THIS REALLY HITS HARD!I KNEW HIM AS A GREAT MAN AND A RESPECTFUL PERSON!WOULD HELP ANYONE ANY WAY HE COULD!

  2. My heart goes out to his wife for suffering the loss of her husband and the turmoil she is and will face in the future in to the son that did this horrendous act of murder on his father. Prayers for this family.

  3. Myrah Johnson says:

    Prayers to the family

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