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Patrolman Carl B. Knobbe | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado

Patrolman

Carl B. Knobbe

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed during prison escape

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Patrolman Knobbe was shot and killed after a short chase of a stolen vehicle. He had noticed the vehicle which matched a description of a stolen vehicle earlier in the evening. After a short chase the vehicle crashed and Patrolman Knobbe approached it. As he opened the door the suspect shot Patrolman Knobbe in the stomach. The suspect was convicted and sentenced to death but had his sentenced commuted to life. He was later shot and killed during a prison escape attempt.

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I was 11 yrs old and one of my classmates was John Knobbe, son of Officer Knobbe. I remember this event so well, this was the first time I was exposed to a death. I often wonder about John, his Mother and his siblings. RIP Officer Knobbe, RIP.

Shirley Green
August 24, 2017

 

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