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Town Marshal J. Wes Perkins | Williamsburg Police Department, Kentucky Williamsburg Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal

J. Wes Perkins

Williamsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, February 24, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/23/1930

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 12 years

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Marshal Wes Perkins was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to stop a car whose occupants they suspected of firing several shots from the vehicle.

Marshal Perkins had heard several shots fired in town in the middle of the night and was told they came from a dark colored car. He summoned a Whitley County deputy jailer and set off to locate the vehicle.

They found the vehicle on Main Street and attempted to flag it down. When it didn't stop, Marshal Perkins fired a shot in the air attempting to get its attention. The vehicle turned around and when it approached Marshal Perkins' position shots were exchanged. Marshal Perkins was fatally wounded and the two occupants of the car were wounded.

One of the subjects in the car was convicted of manslaughter in connection with Marshal Perkins' death and sentenced to 12 years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 24, 2012


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