Officer Douglas Edward Knutson

Officer Douglas Edward Knutson

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 1998

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Douglas Edward Knutson

Officer Douglas Knutson was killed after being struck by a vehicle while he was assisting a disabled motorist Loop 202, near the Scottsdale Road entrance ramp in Tempe.

He was waiting next to his motorcycle when he was struck by the driver who crossed the white line of the entrance ramp to the freeway. He was transported to Maricopa County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The motorist who struck him was detained and the freeway was closed for several hours after the incident.

Officer Knutson had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 3818

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

disabled motorist

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Trooper Knutson; Its hard to believe that it has been 19 years since we rode motors together and that it all came to a tragic end . Rest In Peace my brother.

Trooper (Retired) Travis Qualls
Arizona Highway Patrol

July 10, 2017

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