Policeman Tom Perkins

Policeman Tom Perkins

Buena Vista Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, April 28, 1880

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Tom Perkins

Policeman Tom Perkins succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man. The subject told Policeman Perkins he wasn't the right man and asked him to step into an alley so he could explain the situation.

When Policeman Perkins did so several of the subject's friends confronted him and attempted to free the man. When Policeman Perkins resisted he was shot several times.

The man who shot Policeman Perkins was arrested and convicted of his murder. He was later executed by hanging.

Policeman Perkins had only recently been appointed to the police department.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 27, 1880
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Officer Perkins,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buena Vista.


United States Border Patrol

April 28, 2020

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