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Special Agent S. Perry Watkins | United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

Special Agent

S. Perry Watkins

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, January 14, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Colorado

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Agent Watkins was shot and killed inside of the Secret Service field office in Denver, Colorado. A man had entered the offices and began rambling incoherently to two agents inside. During the course of the conversation the man identified himself and the agents were able to run a background check. The check revealed the man had been arrested several times for threatening presidents and had been arrested at the White House gate in the past. They also learned that he had been arrested with a gun during an interview with a Secret Service agent in the past. The agents then asked the man if he was armed and he indicated that he was.

The agents called for assistance from the Denver Police Department. As they waited for the uniformed officers Agent Watkins walked out of his office toward the main entrance. The suspect suddenly jumped up and pulled out his handgun. Agent Watkins immediately grabbed the gun and was shot in the chest. Agent Watkins and the other agents returned fire, killing the suspect.

Agent Watkins had been with the agency for 9 years and had been in law enforcement for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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I think of Perry when I think of duty , dedication and honor. Yes Gary your father was a fine person and dedicated law enforcement officer.

Special Agent Ret. H. Beckmann
US Secret Service (in Denver 1975-77)
April 29, 2014

 

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