P.O. John C. Knight #5119

Name: Knight, John C.
Star: 5119
Memorial Panel #: 11
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 022 District
End of Watch: 09 January 1999
Incident Details: Police Officer John C. Knight, 38, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 022 District Tactical Unit. On January 9, 1999, Officer Knight and his partner, Officer Butler, spotted a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be stolen. As the officers approached the vehicle, it sped away. The officers began following the vehicle in their unmarked squad car that displayed municipal license plates and a long communication antenna over its roof. The officers turned on their siren and the driver, James Scott, 23, attempted to flee. Scott crashed the vehicle near 99thStreet and Parnell Avenue, exited, and shot Officer Knight with a Sturn-Ruger gun. Officer Knight was shot through the front passenger window. Then Scott walked over to Officer Butler and tried to shoot him twice, but the gun did not discharge. Officer Knight was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital. James Scott is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of Officer Knight and the attempted murder of Officer Butler. Officer Knight’s funeral mass was held at St. Christina Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Matthew and Brian; daughter, Lauren; parents, Anna Marie and Charles L. (CPD); brothers, Stephen and Charles; and a sister, Mary McAvoy.