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.

Police Officer Charlie 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, 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 crash. 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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It's been 31 years since you left us, I remember it like it was yesterday. I carry the memory of that night with me I prefer to think of the jokes and laughter we shared minutes before you and Tony answered that call. God bless you my friend. You are not forgotten

Lt. Stephen P Biello #169
Philadelphia Police Department

August 30, 2023

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