Deputy Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo

Deputy Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo

Shasta County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 21, 1991

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Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo

Deputy Kenneth Perrigo was shot in the head and killed after he arrested two suspects for drinking in public.

While transporting the suspects to the station one of them was able to pull Deputy Perrigo's gun and shot him. The shooter was sentenced to death.

Deputy Perrigo was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Sheriff's department's SWAT team. He is survived by his wife, three children, his brother and sister, his mother and his father who served as a California Highway Patrol officer.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

DIP, transport

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I came across the CA Supreme Court's opinion in the criminal case, by chance, during my legal research on other Pitchess motion matters. I was deeply moved by the loss of Dep. Perrigo, despite the somewhat antiseptic tone of the court's discussion, understandably focused as it was on legal issues. I couldn't help but think of my own experiences throughout my adult life as a deputy sheriff, first as a reserve deputy (volunteer) back in 1976, then later on as a regular deputy (1979-1983), and then much later still as a reserve deputy for another county (2003-2012) after becoming a lawyer. I, too, have worked remote county areas alone, back in the day, though not so remote as Shasta County. Everything described, but for the actual shootings, was so familiar. I remember always trying to be careful. I've no doubt Dep. Perrigo was also careful, and fully capable. I'm deeply humbled by how much is simply a matter of chance, of "luck". Probably the only reason I'm even here. God, bless Deputy Perrigo with eternal life. comfort and care for his loved ones. Inspire those who succeed him with ever greater vigilance, especially now in 2019.

S. Mark Strain Deputy County Counsel
Riverside County Sheriff (Res. Dep. II (Retired))

September 18, 2019

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