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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

Incident Date: 12/22/1980

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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Bill Perry and I had been working as partners on a plainclothes detail for about 2 weeks. During that time we had made a drug arrest on the PATH train system in Harrison, NJ and we were scheduled to appear in court on the day he was killed.

On the day prior to his murder we were working in New York and collared an escapee from upstate NY. After processing the perp as I left Bill at the World Trade Center Police Station he said: "See you tomorrow, Bill."...that never happened.

The next day Bill went to court in Harrison and I went to court in New York...I came back and he didn't. Bill was a good man..a gentleman. I truly feel that if the roles were reversed, if he had taken the collar in NY and I had gone to court in Harrison, he would still be here. The human drek who killed Bill is out walking the streets...a threat to humanity. Where is the justice?

Bill"s murder was truly vicious. His assassin, Fernando Odom. was smoking a cigarette on a PATH train. Bill Perry, who was in plain clothes and on his way back from court in Harrison, told Odom to put out the cigarette and when Odom couldn't produce ID for a summons Bill tried to take him into custody. Odom punched Bill, knocked him down and fled. Bill pursued Odom and when Bill caught Odom Odom pulled out a pistol, fired 3 shots into Bill's chest. Bill's bullet proof vest stopped the bullets but the force of the shots knocked Bill to his knees. Bill grabbed Odom around his legs. Odom stuck the pistol into the base of Bill's neck and fired a shot that went down through Bill's body and struck his heart. Then to make sure Bill was dead, Odom placed the pistol between the panels of Bill's bullet proof vest and fired a shot that pierced both of Bill's lungs thereby ensuring Bill's death.

This was a savage, brutal, senseless murder...why is this animal loose on our streets?

Rest in peace Bill

My deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to Bill's wife and children.

Bill Behrens

Bill Behrens
PAPD Retired
April 18, 2014

 

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