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Police Officer William J. Perry | Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Police Officer

William J. Perry

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

End of Watch: Monday, December 22, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 1367

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Jersey

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 2003

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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.

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I have written a book in honor of my father, William J. Perry. It is fiction, but tells the story of a troubled police officer trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center, and how that officer eventually overcomes the loss of his partner and his father in the line of duty. The book is dedicated to my father and to my son, who is named after the grandfather he will never know. It is called "The Holiday Party" - I think my dad would like it.

Brian Perry
Surviving Son
May 5, 2015

 

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