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Patrolman Raymond Charles Perkins | Matewan Police Department, West Virginia Matewan Police Department, West Virginia


Raymond Charles Perkins

Matewan Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, June 18, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/14/1959

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Served one year

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Patrolman Raymond Perkins was shot and killed while he was investigating a suspicious vehicle.

On June 14th, 1959, Patrolman Perkins was investigating a suspicious vehicle. He recognized the driver as a person with prior arrests and usually having outstanding warrants. Patrolman Perkins ordered the suspect out of the vehicle for questioning.

As the suspect talked with the officer, his wife exited the vehicle, ran up behind Patrolman Perkins, and shot six rounds at his back. He was only hit by three of the six rounds and was able to get one shot off, hitting her in the shoulder. As a result of his injuries, he slipped into a coma from which he never recovered.

Both suspects were arrested, but Patrolman Perkins' murderer served only one year.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 18, 2015


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