Detective Henry C. Perrow

Detective Henry C. Perrow

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 11, 1933

Henry C. Perrow

Detective Henry Perrow was shot and killed after cornering a suspect in an alley. A shootout ensued and Detective Perrow was fatally wounded.

It is believed that the suspect was a member of the Dillinger Gang. The suspect was shot and killed on June 4, 1934, in an unrelated shootout.

Detective Perrow had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 15 years.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Detective Henry Perrow was my Great-Grandfather. My grandmother, Blanche Perrow Bailey was also a SAPD officer. she told me stories about his heroism. Before he was an SAPD Detective he was with the Texas Rangers. When he was a teenager, he served as a flag-carrier in the Spanish-American War. He was wounded in one of the battles (shot in the head) and survived. My grandmother told me that after he died, she dreamed she saw him walking up a beautiful stairway. She asked him if she could come with him, and he smiled at her and said, "not yet," as he continued up the stairs...

Michael Nixon

July 29, 2017

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