Detective Alfred Knight

Detective Alfred Knight

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, September 15, 1927

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Alfred Knight

Detective Alfred Knight was shot and killed in while checking boxcars of an incoming train in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad yards north of Dayton, Ohio.

The train was passing through Dayton while en route from Cincinnati to Detroit, Michigan. Detective Knight and another detective discovered three men riding in one of the boxcars and ordered them out of the train. As the men exited one of them opened fire, killing Detective Knight and wounding the other detective. Despite the wound, the other detective returned fire as the three men fled.

All three were eventually apprehended and held in connection with Detective Knight's murder.

Detective Knight was survived by his wife. He is buried in Memorial Park Cemtery, Dayton, Ohio.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Arrested

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This man is my husband's grandfather. When Detective Knight was killed, his wife was pregnant with their son who would grow to become my husband's father. We have always known the story but never saw nor read any official accounts until my daughter, Knight's great-granddaughter, found it online today. We are awed and humbled to receive this after almost 100 years.

Donna Baughman
wife of Knight's grandson

March 18, 2019

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