Officer Alexander Knapp

Officer Alexander Knapp

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, January 15, 1912

Alexander Knapp

Officer Knapp was shot and killed while escorting a man to jail. Officer Knapp was unarmed when he observed the intoxicated man and offered to walk him home. When the man refused to answer any questions Officer Knapp arrested him. During the walk to jail the suspect fired a .25 caliber pistol from inside of his coat, striking Officer Knapp in the chest. Officer Knapp was able to subdue the suspect and positively identify him. Officer Knapp was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three days later. The incident occurred on the day that New Mexico became the 47th State of the Union.
Officer Knapp had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 12, 1912
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you've got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. …You know who you are. You know your purpose.

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