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New Hero Search Frank J. Knoebel - Dec. 30, 1930 (13535)

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Madison Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: IN, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Dec. 30, 1930
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 42 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Madison Police Dept.
IN   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 1 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: IN   USA   Tue. Dec. 30, 1930
Summary: Patrolman Frank Knoebel was shot and killed while questioning a burglary suspect in the basement of the Odd Fellows Hall on Mulberry Street.

Upon his arrival, the janitor led Patrolman Knoebel to a man sitting in a chair near the furnace. Chief Stewart soon arrived and advised him to stall the suspect while he went to get a witness to identify him. Soon afterward, the suspect tried to flee and during a struggle, the suspect pulled a gun and fired two shots, striking Patrolman Knoebel in the abdomen.

Patrolman Knoebel was able to get the gun away from the suspect and climb a flight of stairs to block the exit, while the janitor subdued the suspect until Chief Stewart returned and took him into custody.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1949, the governor granted clemency and commuted the offender's sentence to life in prison with time served. He was released from prison and has since died.

Patrolman Knoebel had served with the Madison Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and son.

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