Patrolman Robert M. Perry

Patrolman Robert M. Perry

Plainfield Police Department, 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 fireman 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.

Patrolman Perry was survived by his mother and father, a Plainfield Fire Department captain. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Marine Corp veteran, awarded several medals for his bravery in action.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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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