Police Officer Gene W. Perry

Police Officer Gene W. Perry

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 1930

Gene W. Perry

Officer Gene Perry was shot when he attempted to stop a cash courier, who he was guarding, from being robbed. When Officer Perry and the courier arrived at their destination, a man with a rifle ordered the courier to hand the money over. Officer Perry then reached for his service weapon, and he was shot three times.

Officer Perry held on for nine days, succumbing to his injuries on September 21, 1930.

The suspect was shot and killed by officers in Oakland, California on November 30, 1930. He was wanted for a $56,000 train robbery in Nobel, California. His weapon of choice was a rifle, and Seattle detectives later learned that the shooter had been seen in Seattle around the time of Officer Perry's shooting. The Postal Inspector in San Francisco had the shooter's rifle. Several rounds were fired through the rifle and those shell casings and the casings collected at the scene of Officer Perry's shooting were sent to a ballistics expert in Portland, Oregon. The results of ballistics tests were announced on May 1, 1932 that all of the shell casings had been fired and ejected from the shooter's rifle.

Officer Perry had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, September 12, 1930
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Perry,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Seattle.


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September 21, 2016

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