Police Officer William J. Perry

Police Officer William J. Perry

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1980

William J. Perry

Police Officer William Perry was and killed by a subject he had asked to not to smoke a cigarette on a PATH train.

Officer Perry, who was working in plainclothes, asked the subject to put out his cigarette. The subject refused, and at the next stop Officer Perry attempted to eject the subject from the train at the Journal Square station in Jersey City, New Jersey. A struggle ensued and the subject drew a handgun from his coat and fatally shot Officer Perry.

The subject then fled the train station and stole a car. He was apprehended ten days later in Atlanta, Georgia. It was later determined that the subject was wanted in Jersey City for several shootings.

The man was sentenced to 44 years in prison, but was released in June 2003 after serving only 22 years.

Officer Perry and served with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1367

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 2003

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I did not know Officer Perry or his family at the time he was killed. I came to know his daughter many years later, and through her, his wife. Both of them are incredibly strong. His daughter is an amazing woman. There are so many beautiful reflections that have been stated here to honor Officer Perry's memory. It is also evident of the lasting hurt that is felt by his loss. I think about my dear friend and her family and their loss throughout the year, but especially around this time of year during the anniversary of his death and especially being so close to the holidays when families are usually celebrating together.

Officer Perry's family should know that he is not forgotten, nor are they. I am grateful for police officers and other first responders who put their lives on the line for us citizens, as well as their families for the sacrifices they make. I don't know how they do it, but I'm grateful that they do.

Friend of Officer Perry's daughter

December 5, 2017

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