Police Officer John C. Knight

Police Officer John C. Knight

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, January 9, 1999

John C. Knight

Officer John C. Knight was shot and killed as he and his partner were investigating two suspicious individuals in a parked vehicle. Both officers noticed the vehicle with a popped trunk and two occupants slumped over on the inside. As they approached the vehicle, the men sped off and a short chase ensued.

The vehicle crashed into a parked car at 99th and South Parnell. The occupants then opened fire on the officers. Officer Knight was struck twice in the head and once in the abdomen before he was able to exit the passenger side of the vehicle. His partner exited the vehicle and returned fire, striking one of the assailants.

As the second officer went to check on Officer Knight, the wounded gunman reloaded his weapon, returned to the scene and opened fire, wounding the second officer in the hip.

That gunman was later found and arrested after officers traced a blood trail in the snow. The handgun used was a Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic with a laser sight.

On January 27, 2004, Officer Knight's killer was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was also charged and found guilty of attempt first-degree murder of the second officer.

On January 28, 2004, during the penalty phase of the trial, a plea agreement was reached. The defendant pled guilty to an unrelated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. He also waived his right to appeal his conviction in the Officer Knight's case.

Officer Knight was a 10 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers, sister, and parents; his father was also a Chicago police officer.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 5119

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Life sentence, without parole

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John it is hard to believe that it is 19 years ago today that you were taken from us. I remember when you first came on the job and we worked in adjoining beats in Englewood and we backed each other up on calls. I remember the nicknames you had for everyone and our last conversation about the Hawks. I think about you often and miss you very much. Rest In Peace

Retired P.O. Charlie Pawlowski
Chicago Police Dept.

January 9, 2018

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