Police Officer William J. Perry

Police Officer William J. Perry

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1980

William J. Perry

Police Officer William Perry was and killed by a subject he had asked to not to smoke a cigarette on a PATH train.

Officer Perry, who was working in plainclothes, asked the subject to put out his cigarette. The subject refused, and at the next stop Officer Perry attempted to eject the subject from the train at the Journal Square station in Jersey City, New Jersey. A struggle ensued and the subject drew a handgun from his coat and fatally shot Officer Perry.

The subject then fled the train station and stole a car. He was apprehended ten days later in Atlanta, Georgia. It was later determined that the subject was wanted in Jersey City for several shootings.

The man was sentenced to 44 years in prison, but was released in June 2003 after serving only 22 years.

Officer Perry and served with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1367

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 2003

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Each year we celebrate Bill Perry's life in December 22nd at Hamilton's Tavern in Roselle, NJ. This started out with 30+ guys many years ago and in the recent years very few left. Last year we had only one man left that continues to celebrate his life, Officer Perry's Partner in Roselle, retired Police Chief Wayne Garrison. This is a tradition that he continues today. Although Officer Perry was gone before I was born I would love to spread the word about our yearly gathering and invite others who knew and loved him to attend as well.
We will meet this year Saturday, December 22nd at 7pm, 639 w. 1st avenue in Roselle at Hamilton's Tavern. All are welcome to attend.

Friend of Officer Perry's former partner

December 4, 2018

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