Chief of Police Mike Knotts

Chief of Police Mike Knotts

Wagener Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 20, 1925

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Mike Knotts

Chief 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 7 to 14 years in the South Carolina Penitentiary November 4, 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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 20, 2012

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