Sergeant James Francis Knight

Sergeant James Francis Knight

Union City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, March 5, 1931

Add to My Heroes

James Francis Knight

Sergeant James Knight was shot and killed when he and another officer attempted to stop a wrong-way vehicle in the 400 block of 12th Street.

As Sergeant Knight stepped from his car the occupants of the other vehicle opened fire, striking him in the head. The other officer returned fire. It was later determined that the occupants of the car had just been involved in a robbery of silk valued at $40,000. All six men were later apprehended. All six were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years. On January 23, 1933, all six were awarded new trials and released on bail when the Errors Court ruled they were wrongly convicted. One was shot and killed by an unknown assailant on October 25, 1934.

Sergeant Knight was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 5 Reflections

Your light shines brightly brave officer of New Jersey

Sean Scholfield
National Health Service UK

April 11, 2024

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.