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Retired HPD officer Stan Cook, who survived being shot 8 times, dies at 81

Retired Honolulu Police Officer Stan Cook, who survived a gunfight more than 25 years ago, died on Monday.
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 9:43 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Retired Honolulu Police Officer Stan Cook, who survived a gunfight more than 25 years ago, died on Monday.

Cook made national headlines in 1994 after a photo captured the moments after a deadly shootout in Waipahu with a man who was high on crystal meth.

During the incident, Cook was shot eight times — and not only lived to tell the tale, but he returned to work just a few months later.

He even helped to make a video that recreated the confrontation to raise awareness and show how quickly a routine stop can turn deadly.

Cook went on to serve 10 years with the Honolulu Police Department. He was also a 17-year US Navy veteran.

“Stan will always be a law enforcement legend for heroically surviving being shot 8 times with an AK-47,” said SHOPO President Robert Cavaco. “He led an incredible life, focused on helping others. Rest in Peace hero. You will be missed.”

Cook was 81 years old.

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