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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Charlie and I were classmates in the Police Academy. After graduation we were both later assigned to the 1st District. We worked opposite squads and were assigned to the same patrol car so we often exchanged words and messed around about keeping the patrol car up and running. Charlie was a awesome classmate, a great cop but more importantly he was a terrific guy. I think of him often, very often. You are missed for sure my friend.

Detective Vincent Parker
Philadelphia Police Department

February 16, 2020

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