Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox, Jr.

Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 30, 1992

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Charles Thomas Knox, Jr.

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 served with the Philadelphia Police Department for more than two 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 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge 2540

Incident Details

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


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Rest in peace Officer Knox.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2021

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