Special Agent S. Perry Watkins

Special Agent S. Perry Watkins

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, January 14, 1980

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S. Perry Watkins

Special Agent Perry Watkins was shot and killed inside of the Secret Service field office in Denver, Colorado. A man had entered the offices and began rambling incoherently to two agents inside.

During the course of the conversation, the man identified himself and the agents were able to run a background check. The check revealed the man had been arrested several times for threatening presidents, had been arrested at the White House gate in the past, and had been committed to a mental institution. They also learned that he had been arrested with a gun during an interview with a Secret Service agent in the past. The agents then asked the man if he was armed and he indicated that he was.

The agents called for assistance from the Denver Police Department. As they waited for the uniformed officers, Agent Watkins walked out of his office toward the main entrance. The suspect suddenly jumped up and pulled out his handgun. Agent Watkins immediately grabbed the gun and was shot in the chest. Agent Watkins and the other agents returned fire, killing the suspect.

Agent Watkins had been with the United States Secret Service for nine years and had served in law enforcement for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Colorado
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

EDP, suspicious person

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Perry Watkins was my grandfather. He died a hero. I wish I could’ve met such an incredible man.

Jordan Watkins

May 4, 2020

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