Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 30, 1992

Charles Thomas Knox

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2540

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I just saw a wreath at the Walgreens this morning for rememberance of Officer Knox. RIP you will never be forgotten.

Eileen Citizen
South Philly resident

April 28, 2018

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