Police Officer Eugene G. McKnight

Police Officer Eugene G. McKnight

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 1963

Eugene G. McKnight

Officer Eugene 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 24th, 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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

off duty, parolee, robbery

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 55th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 23, 2018

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