Patrolman Raymond Charles Perkins

Patrolman Raymond Charles Perkins

Matewan Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, June 18, 1959

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Raymond Charles Perkins

Patrolman Raymond Perkins was shot and killed while he was investigating a suspicious vehicle.

On June 14th, 1959, Patrolman Perkins was investigating a suspicious vehicle. He recognized the driver as a person with prior arrests and usually having outstanding warrants. Patrolman Perkins ordered the suspect out of the vehicle for questioning.

As the suspect talked with the officer, his wife exited the vehicle, ran up behind Patrolman Perkins, and shot six rounds at his back. He was only hit by three of the six rounds and was able to get one shot off, hitting her in the shoulder. As a result of his injuries, he slipped into a coma from which he never recovered.

Both suspects were arrested, but Patrolman Perkins' murderer served only one year.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 14, 1959
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Served one year

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Patrolman Perkins,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Matewan. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 18, 2019

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