Officer Richard A. Knabb

Officer Richard A. Knabb

Des Plaines Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1932

Richard A. Knabb

Officer Richard Knabb succumbed to injuries suffered nearly two months earlier while pursuing two armed robbery suspects.

Officer Knabb, who was on his motorcycle, was chasing two armed robbery suspects when the offender's vehicle struck his motorcycle, causing him to crash into a ditch. Two citizens helped capture both suspects and assisted Officer Knabb who suffered a broken leg before he was taken to Des Plaines Hospital. Officer Knabb had survived a bout of pneumonia during his recovery, but died nearly two months later from a blood clot as a result of the injuries he suffered.

Officer Knabb had served with the Des Plaines Police Department for one year.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1932

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 12, 1932
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Officer Knabb's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 11-01-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

November 1, 2016

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