Chief of Police Mike K. Knotts

Chief of Police Mike K. Knotts

Wagener Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 20, 1925

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Mike K. Knotts

Chief of Police Mike Knotts was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man for being drunk and disruptive.

The suspect, who had been arrested by Chief Knotts several times, declared that he would kill the chief if he ever tried to arrest him again. As Chief Knotts approached the suspect on a local street he pulled out a revolver he had concealed under his shirt and shot the chief through the heart. A short time later he surrendered to the Aiken County Sheriff.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven to 14 years in the South Carolina Penitentiary on November 4th, 1925.

Chief Knotts was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 14 years


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