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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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Thank you for the job you did. Thank you for the legacy you left behind. Thank you for always being an inspiration. Thank you for representing us so proudly. May Almighty God smile upon the family you left behind and may you always be a Guardian Angel to the young PAPD Officers that walk your beat, deep under ground protecting the clueless people that brave men such as yourself swear to protect.

New Jersey/Yorker
April 10, 2015

 

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