Acting Chief of Police Roy Clay Knotts

Acting Chief of Police Roy Clay Knotts

Logan Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 3, 1930

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Roy Clay Knotts

Acting Chief of Police Roy Knotts was shot in the back while serving warrants for the arrest of slot machine owners. As he entered an establishment to purchase cigarettes, the subject approached and shot Chief Knotts five times in the back.

The prior Chief of Police had recently resigned, fearing for his life after the Logan City Council ordered the arrest anybody operating a slot machine. Arrest warrants were found in Chief Knotts' pocket after his murder.

The subject was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Chief Knotts had previously served as the commander of the West Virginia State Police detachment in Logan.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Chief Knotts,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Logan.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2020

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