Chief of Police Charles S. B. Knowles

Chief of Police Charles S. B. Knowles

Seabrook Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Sunday, August 12, 1973

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Charles S. B. Knowles

Chief of Police Charles Knowles suffered a fatal heart attack when he was kicked in the chest during a struggle on Route 1.

He and another officer attempted to arrest a driver who was impaired. After placing the driver in the patrol vehicle, the female subject kicked him in the chest, triggering a heart attack. Chief Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated, and the female was charged with assault and battery.

Chief Knowles had been chief for two years and had served with the Seabrook Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest, drunk driver, DUI

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Chief Knowles, it has been 50 years since you were taken from us. You would be so very proud of what your Department has become today. New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 13, 2023

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