Deputy Sheriff Donald E. Knowlton

Deputy Sheriff Donald E. Knowlton

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 22, 1960

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Donald E. Knowlton

Deputy Knowlton was shot and killed after he and other deputies responded to a call involving an elderly man who was shooting at homes. When the officers arrived they located the man's footprints and followed them to a nearby outhouse. The suspect opened fire from inside the outhouse, striking Deputy Knowlton in the throat and chest. Deputy Knowlton was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who was taken into custody.

The 82-year-old suspect was found to be incoherent. He died in a Houston nursing home September 8, 1963.

Deputy Knowlton was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Donald E. Knowlton. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Harris County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 20, 2016

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