Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 30, 1992

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Charles Thomas Knox

Officer Knox was shot and killed at 8:30 p.m. during a robbery in progress at a Roy Roger's restaurant at 1401 Snyder Avenue.

When Officer Knox entered the restaurant he saw a suspect holding a gun to the manager's head. He ordered the suspect to drop his weapon but instead the suspect lunged at him. During the ensuing struggle another suspect exited the manager's office behind Officer Knox and stuck a handgun underneath his vest and fired one round, knocking Officer Knox to the ground. As Officer Knox lay face up the suspect then shot him again in the cheek, killing him.

Both suspects were apprehended and confessed to murdering Officer Knox. They were both sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Knox had been with the department for 3 years. On Dec. 17, 1998, Officer Knox's 16-year-old son was killed in a vehicle accident. Charles Knox Jr. was a regular visitor of the Officer Down Memorial Page.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2540

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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26 years to the day since you were tragically taken from us..... Charlie was not only a good cop he was a good friend and he has been missed ....... not a day goes by that I don't see a Philadelphia police car and still look to see who's driving it. Even though I know it'll never be Charlie .... you will truly be missed God bless and Godspeed to Good Men doing brave things...

Robert Garber

August 30, 2018

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