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Police Officer Eugene G. McKnight | Sacramento Police Department, California Sacramento Police Department, California

Police Officer

Eugene G. McKnight

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/23/1963

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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Officer McKnight was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two suspects who had robbed a market.

Officer McKnight, who was off duty, was shopping with his wife when the robbery took place. As the suspects fled from the store he followed and grabbed one of them. As the two struggled the suspect pulled a pistol and shot Officer McKnight through his neck. Minutes later a state trooper captured both suspects.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder on January 24, 1964. The gunman was sentenced to death. In 1971 his sentence was commuted to life. The other suspect was sentenced to life but was awarded a new trial in which he was cleared of the murder charge and convicted of armed robbery.

Officer McKnight was survived by his wife and two children.

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Rest in Peace, Officer McKnight. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 21, 2012

 

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