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Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Charles Thomas Knox

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 30, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 2540

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Knox was shot and killed at 2030 hours during a robbery in progress at a Roy Roger's restaurant. When Officer Knox entered the restaurant he saw a suspect holding a gun to the manager's head. He ordered the suspect to drop his weapon but instead the suspect lunged at him. During the ensuing struggle another suspect exited the manager's office behind Officer Knox and stuck a handgun underneath his vest and fired one round, knocking Officer Knox to the ground. As Officer Knox lay face up the suspect then shot him again in the cheek, killing him.

Both suspects were apprehended and confessed to murdering Officer Knox. They were both sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Knox had been with the department for 3 years. On December 17, 1998, Officer Knox's 16-year-old son was killed in a vehicle accident. Charles Knox Jr. was a regular visitor of the Officer Down Memorial Page.

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo
August 31, 2017


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