Patrolman Robert M. Perry

Patrolman Robert M. Perry

Plainfield Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, July 1, 1970

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Robert M. Perry

Patrolman Perry was shot and killed as he and another officer were protecting firefighters as they put out a fire at the scene of a racial disturbance. His partner was shot in the leg.

Four days later, the 24-year-old suspect was apprehended. On October 3, 1972, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 2020.

Patrolman Perry was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran who had been awarded several medals for his bravery in action and had served with the Plainfield Police Division for 11 months. He was survived by his mother and father, a Plainfield Fire Department captain.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

disturbance, fire

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Patrolman Perry,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Plainfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 1, 2020

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