Slain officer’s suspected killer arrested, community shaken

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 4:31pm
By: Ben Nelms

There is a Thin Blue Line running through the city of Chattahoochee Hills today.

That thin blue line stretches along Vernon Grove Road and is emblematic of the service of Lt. Mike Vogt, a longtime officer who gave his life in the line of duty Monday afternoon after being allegedly shot while in his patrol car by 44 year-old Robert Cook who was arrested Wednesday.

Details of the incident that claimed the life of the 56 year-old Vogt were provided by Chatt Hills Police Chief Damon Jones at the conclusion of a candlelight vigil held for Vogt’s family outside Vernon Grove Baptist Church Wednesday night.

Jones said Vogt had been on Vernon Grove Road in route to a call on Hutcheson Ferry Road a short distance away. Cook had parked his car on the side of the narrow dirt road, about half way between Hutcheson Ferry Road and Rico Road. Recalling Cook’s description of the event to investigators, Jones said Cook had stopped to urinate when Vogt pulled up. The two men knew each other from an earlier incident when Vogt had citied Cook for not having a driver’s license.

“That probably led Mike to not use more caution,” Jones explained. “Mike recognized him and asked him if he’d gotten his driver’s license yet. Cook said ‘yeah’ then reached in his car and pulled out a .223 carbine. Cook said he got the gun out and started shooting.”

Other officers responded to the scene. Cook had fled the area and Vogt was life-flighted to Grady Hospital where he died later.

Cook’s explanation, said Jones, was that he had no driver’s license and was drinking a beer. Other reports said that Cook was wanted on an outstanding warrant and had said he would not go back to jail.

Cook was located at a residence on U.S. Highway 29 on Fairburn’s west side at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday. He was located through a tip that came into the GBI and based on other information, Jones said. Cook was taken into custody as SWAT teams converged on the residence.

Jones at the candlelight vigil thanked the community for rallying to the aid of both the police department and the many local, state and federal law enforcement officers who had converged on the city to assist in the investigation.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Jones said of the city’s residents. “It made an impression on the GBI and the other agencies. They were amazed at the outpouring of community support.”

Vogt joined the Chattahoochee Hills Police Department in December of 2008 and was recently promoted to Lieutenant. Along with his other endeavors Vogt had worked with Union City Police for two decades. A number of those officers attended the vigil Wednesday night.

Many in Chatt Hills were visibly shaken by the events that unfolded this week. Chatt Hills is a new city with a very small population spread across a country setting. Their recent fight for cityhood helped cement a bond between many who live there. That bond was visible during the tragedy that led to Mike Vogt’s death.

“The day it happened… seeing the people and their concern and desperation to know what happened to one of our officers… and hearing that he passed,” Councilman Dave Hanson said after the vigil. He, too, was shaken. “There was an endless stream of calls coming in to city hall from people wanting to know what they could do to help. The police officers refused to go home. People brought in food for them and mattresses and cots. It was unbelievable.”

The Thin Blue Line for many in law enforcement signifies the loss of life in the line of duty. For many in Chatt Hills, too, that blue line, like a laser, has pierced their homes and their hearts.   

 “This is a close-knit community. The residents here view cops as their friends. Mike was a friend.  He had lost two children. One of them died giving birth and they were raising the grandchild themselves,” Chatt Hills Councilman Rodney Peek said Wednesday from his office in Hampton.  “How does one woman bury two children and now her husband? I cannot imagine.  Please pray for the Vogt family.”

A fund to assist the family has been established at United Community Bank in the name of Mike Vogt. For further information on providing assistance to the family contact Chattahoochee Hills City Hall at 770-463-8881.

The need for offering support to Vogt’s wife and other children was also on the mind of Damon Jones who, speaking to those gathered at the candlelight vigil said, “We’ve spent two days focusing on the criminal. Now we’re going to focus on the family.”

The funeral will be conducted Satuday at noon at the First Baptist church of Atlanta.

Slain officer’s suspected killer arrested, community shaken Many of Chatt Hills residents attended a prayer vigil Wednesday night for Lt. Mike Vogt who was killed while on duty Monday. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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Submitted by Jhogan on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:03pm.

Its amazing how people that read these blogs will post all day long about the Politics and gripe and complain but not one condolence on an Officer of the Law that lost his life. It amazes me.

R.I.P. LT. Mike Vogt, Chattahoochee Hills P.D. (E.O.W. 02-15-2010) You Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice...You Will Be Missed My Brother.

To those that I love and to those who loved me,
when I am gone, release me, let me go, I have so many things to see
and do, you mustn' tie yourself to me with tears...Be thankful for our
many blessed years together>I gave you my love..You can only guess
how much you g...ave me in happiness..I thank you for the love you...
each have shown, but now its time I traveled alone..So grieve a while
for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be conforted by trust
that I am in a better place with God..Its only for a time we must part,
so bless the memories within your heart..I won't be far away, for life
goes on. So if you need me, call, and I will come! Though you can't see
me or touch me, I'll be near..And if you listen with your heart,
you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And when it time for
you must come this way alone, I'll be waiting and greet you with a
smole and say, "Welcome Home"

You will be with Jamie and Mikey....Give them a kiss from all of us.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:26pm.

check out "New Forum Posts".

Submitted by kevin king on Sun, 02/21/2010 - 11:58am.

with comments and praises for this officer who fell in the line of duty. Athomegym, you need but click on the pickpocketing case under this one and you will read three times the comments! On pickpocketing no less! Even comes complete with Mudcat's and 30year's attack on Harmony Village.

Officer Vogt's coming home was covered here.

What a wonderful man! Raising his grandchild when his daughter died during childbirth. twenty years of serving the public. There should not be a corner of this website one could turn to and NOT see praises for this man.

Job well done Lt. Vogt. Rest in Peace, and give your daughter the biggest hug she has ever felt!!!


Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:28pm.

That's "New Forum Topics", NOT

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