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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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I never had the honor or pleasure of meeting Officer Perry, but had the honor of assisting NJ State Police, in West Trenton where I worked as a computer operator which at the time was known as S.A.C. (Systems and Communications). I was working my usual 2nd and 3rd shifts at the time of this barbaric incident. We were all asked to stay in the data center past our shifts, to maintain the integrity of the communications network to capture this scum who murdered him and of course, we ALL stayed. I was reminded of this injustice after the murder of PSP Corporal Bryon Dixon just a few days ago only a couple small towns away from me in Canadensis, PA. During this 34th memorial year, I would just like to say to his family that my thoughts and prayers have and will always be with them. Rest in Peace, Bill! and my Best to his entire family.

George L. Gianacopoulos
former computer operator@ NJ State Police Headquarters
September 16, 2014

 

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