Patrolman Donald V. Knott

Patrolman Donald V. Knott

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 26, 1967

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Donald V. Knott

Patrolman Donald Knott and Patrolman William Isham were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at 182 Quincy Avenue in Long Beach.

The neighbors called the police when a man would not stop beating his common-law wife shortly before 3:00 a.m. Patrolman Knott and Patrolman Isham arrived at the apartment and subdued the angry subject. When the woman went inside to grab her purse, the officers accompanied her inside. The subject followed her into the bedroom, where he shot her in the thigh. The subject then fired at the officers. Both officers managed to return fire, hitting the suspect eight times. Both officers were shot in the chest and pronounced dead upon arrival at Long Beach Community Hospital.

The suspect died seven weeks later at Los Angeles General Hospital.

Patrolman Knott had served with the Long Beach Police Department for 10 months. He was survived by his parents and grandmothers.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Officer Knott (Don to us) was our assistant troop scout master in the Boy Scout Troop I was in as a young boy. He was absolutely beloved and adored by all of us. He was a very special guy and it tore a lot of us up. For many of us the loss of Don was our first encounter with the loss of someone close. Bless you Don…

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February 18, 2024

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