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Chief of Police Arnold H. Knippel | Columbus Police Department, Texas Columbus Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police

Arnold H. Knippel

Columbus Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, July 8, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 67

Tour: 40 years

Badge # CHIEF

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed

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Chief Knippel was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. As he walked from his patrol car to the home the homeowner's son came out of the house and shot him three times. The suspect was committed to a state mental hospital.

Chief Knippel had also served as the Chief of Police of the La Grange Police Department from 1956 to 1961. He has also served as constable, deputy sheriff, and city policeman in Fayette County. He was survived by his wife. son, and daughter.

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Rest in Peace Chief of Police Arnold H. Knippel. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Columbus, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum that murdered you shall forever burn in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 8, 2016


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