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 on Quincy Avenue. A man, who was beating his common law wife, opened fire on the officers when they entered his apartment. Both officers managed to return fire hitting the suspect eight times. Both officers were shot in the chest and pronounced dead upon arrival to Long Beach Community Hospital. The suspect died seven weeks later at Los Angeles General Hospital.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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IT'S BEEN OVER 50 YEARS AND IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WHEN I VIEWED THE TERRIBLE PICTURES OF YOU AND BILL IN THE LBPD CRIME LAB. IT ALL HAPPENED SO QUICK. I WAS OFF DUTY THAT NIGHT AND LEARNED ABOUT IT THE NEXT DAY. LOSING FRIENDS AND FELLOW OFFICERS THAT WAY IS ALWAYS HEARTBREAKING AND DIFFICULT. I STILL SEE BOTH YOUR FACES EVERYDAY AS I HAVE YOUR HERALD EXAMINER PICTURES FRAMED AND POSTED RIGHT BELOW MY BIG SCREEN TV, SEE THEM EVERY DAY AND NIGHT. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I AM NOW 80 AND YOU TWO NEVER GOT TO EXPERIENCE A LOT OF THINGS LIFE HAD TO OFFER, AND SORRY ABOUT THAT. YOU DIED SERVING THE PEOPLE OF LONG BEACH AND YOU ARE HEROS.

RETIRED LBPD PATROLMAN/NARCOTICS OFF.
LONG BEACH CA. POLICE DEPARTMENT

January 27, 2021

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