Chief of Police Arnold H. Knippel

Chief of Police Arnold H. Knippel

Columbus Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 8, 1968

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Arnold H. Knippel

Chief Knippel was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. As he walked from his patrol car to the home the homeowner's son came out of the house and shot him three times. The suspect was committed to a state mental hospital.

Chief Knippel had also served as the Chief of Police of the La Grange Police Department from 1956 to 1961. He has also served as constable, deputy sheriff, and city policeman in Fayette County. He was survived by his wife. son, and daughter.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge CHIEF

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed

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Chief Knippel,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Columbus. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 8, 2018

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