Policeman John James Knox

Policeman John James Knox

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, January 27, 1919

John James Knox

Policeman John Knox and Policeman George R. Dingwall were shot and killed in a shootout with a maniac who had shot up the Philadelphia Rapid Transit power shops at 13th and Mt. Vernon streets, then emptied two pistols at his pursuers before being clubbed unconscious by a motorcycle policeman. The suspect also shot and killed another man, wounded five more, two seriously, who pursued him.

Policeman Knox was an eight-year veteran.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

active shooter

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Officer Knox,
On today, the 99th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.


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January 27, 2018

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