Monday, January 11, 2010

In Memoriam:Detective Percy L. ‘Perc’ Clark

Killed in the line of duty 37 years ago today

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Detective Percy L. “Perc” Clark, killed in the line of duty January 11, 1973.

Detective Clark was shot and killed during an armed robbery. The 42-year-old victim and other officers were conducting a stakeout of a pharmacy located at 564 Third Avenue. Information from an informant had revealed that the pharmacy would be robbed.

At approximately 2100 hours, two suspects arrived and were in the process of robbing the pharmacist when the victim left a position of cover and moved closer to the doorway. As the suspects exited, Detective Clark called for their surrender. He was shot in the head with a 9mm handgun.

The suspect who fired the shot was immediately killed by other officers. The second suspect surrendered and was eventually committed to the State Hospital.

Detective Clark was married and the father of seven children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you have memories to share about Detective Clark, please email or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit Click on Honoring Our Own.

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.