Police Officer Victor Knott

Police Officer Victor Knott

Ashland Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, November 19, 1931

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Victor Knott

Police Officer Victor Knott was shot and killed while on patrol in the city's railroad district.

He and another man attempted to question three men they located at the city's railroad station, near the intersection of A Street and 5th Street, at approximately 4:00 am. One of the three drew a revolver and shot at the officers as they approached, killing Officer Knott. Despite his wounds, he and the other officer were able to return fire as the men fled.

One of the suspects was apprehended days later in Denver, Colorado. A army discharge with his name and address was found in a wrecked car the suspects fled in near Portland. It was discovered the 27-year-old suspect was wanted in Anderson, California, for burglary of a store the night before Officer Knott was killed. On March 1, 1932, he was convicted of complicity in murder and sentenced to life. On December 22, 1942, he was paroled when his sentence was reduced to 10 years. The other two suspects were identified but never apprehended.

Officer Knott was a WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Two at large; one paroled

suspicious person

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Officer Knott,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I.


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November 19, 2021

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