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Police Officer Anthony P. Perri | Northlake Police Department, Illinois Northlake Police Department, Illinois

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Anthony P. Perri

Northlake Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 128

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Anthony Perri and Detective Sergeant John Nagle were shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at the Northlake Bank.

When they arrived on the scene they were met with automatic gunfire from three men and were both fatally wounded. Two other officers were wounded, one seriously. An off-duty officer who happened to be nearby shot and seriously wounded one of the suspects.

The other two suspects escaped, but were captured the next day at a cottage at Fox Lake, 12 miles southeast of LaPorte, Indiana. One of the suspects had used the cottage for a hideout after committing a bank robbery 11 years earlier.

All three suspects were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to 199 years in prison. Two of the suspects had recently been released from prison for bank robbery, one having served 10½ years and the other six years. In 1999, one offender died while serving his sentence. A second offender died in prison in 2011. The third and final offender died in prison in 2012 after numerous parole rejections.

Officer Perri had served with the Northlake Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son, 12-year-old daughter, two brothers, seven sisters and mother.

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Detective Sergeant John J. Nagle, Jr.
Northlake Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 1967
Cause: Gunfire

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I was home for lunch from school. I was 10. Mom was sitting on the stairs and I could tell something was wrong. She was waiting for the phone to ring and told me there had been a bank robbery and offers were down. Her husband, my father was working the day shift. The phone didn't ring. I didn't go back to school, nor did my brothers that were home too. When we finally got word that Dad was injured but okay, our relief turned to tears as we heard of two others that lost their lives. They were a part of our family. RIP to both as we near yet another anniversary. I know Dad and his partners are all reunited in the heavens and creating some hell of their own :) Gone but never forgotten....

Laura Rudolph Burke
Northlake Patrolman's daughter
September 1, 2015


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