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Policeman Tom Perkins | Buena Vista Police Department, Colorado Buena Vista Police Department, Colorado

Policeman

Tom Perkins

Buena Vista Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 28, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/27/1880

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Policeman Tom Perkins succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man. The subject told Policeman Perkins he wasn't the right man and asked him to step into an alley so he could explain the situation.

When Policeman Perkins did so several of the subject's friends confronted him and attempted to free the man. When Policeman Perkins resisted he was shot several times.

The man who shot Policeman Perkins was arrested and convicted of his murder. He was later executed by hanging.

Policeman Perkins had only recently been appointed to the police department.

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Officer Perkins,
On today, the 136th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buena Vista.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
April 28, 2016

 

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