Detective Joseph A. Perkins

Detective Joseph A. Perkins

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, July 17, 1900

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Joseph A. Perkins

Detective Joseph A. Perkins was shot during an arrest of a murder suspect.

Detective Perkins and his partner went to a location where the suspect’s spouse was employed. As Detective Perkins entered the establishment, his partner secured a rear window. Upon entering the room where the assailant was hiding, he was shot. The detective returned fire, but was not able to strike his target.

The responding partner waited for the shooter to come from hiding and engaged the suspect, shooting and killing him.

Detective Perkins was taken to his home where a doctor attended him. He died from his wounds two days later.

Detective Perkins had served with the Memphis Police Department for two years, and had previously served as a Deputy Sheriff in Shelby County.

Detective Perkins was survived by his wife and eight children by his first wife who preceded him in death. He was a Union Civil War Veteran having served as a private with the 10th Tennessee Infantry, Company A.


  • Age 78
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 15, 1900
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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On this 120th anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure, we say thank you for your military and police service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 17, 2020

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