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Deputy Sheriff Charles Knapp | Kent County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Kent County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Knapp

Kent County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 25, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Charles Knapp was shot and killed while attempting to arrest five bank robbery suspects who were fleeing Grand Rapids.

Deputy Knapp noticed the vehicle drive by and attempted to stop it. He pulled alongside of the car on his motorcycle and ordered the men to stop. One of the suspects then opened fire on him, striking him once and knocking him from the motorcycle. Although mortally wounded he was able to return fire once before collapsing. The suspects were eventually apprehended.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was denied a new trial in 1954. The others received lengthy sentences for bank robbery.

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Thinking of you and your sacrifice on this day. May we never forget. Rest in peace brother.

KCSD Deputy #709
Kent County Sheriff Department
May 15, 2016


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