Occurred: 1971-11-17 21:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2008-03-23 18:07 Pacific
Duration: 1 minute
No of observers: 1

Location: Knox, NY, USA

Shape: Disk
Characteristics: Emitted beams

UFO hovers above and shines a bright beam of light down on me

I believe it was in the fall of 1972. I was a Sgt. on sheriff patrol in Knox NY at the time. It was around 8 or 9pm and it was dark out. I pulled over to the side of Route 146 to relieve myself. I was standing right next to my cop car and I heard a slight humming sound which I thought was my car radio. I started to turn to enter my cop car when all of a sudden a very bight intense beam of light shown down on me. It scared the heck out of me. I tried to look up but the light was so bright I could hardly make out the shape of the object. It was saucer shaped and from what I could estimate it was about 200-400 feet above me.

Then the intense beam of light turned off in a blink just like a flash light would and I could see the object shoot off at a very high rate of speed up out of sight. It made little or no noise and left faster than anything I have ever seen or could possibly imagine at the time or now for that matter.

I then got a call on my cop radio from one of my Deputy officers I was in charge of and he told me to come to a woman's house who said she had seen a UFO a few minutes ago in Berne New York which was close to Knox. I told my Deputy that I thought I might have just seen what she saw and decided to go check it out. When I got to the woman's house her dogs were acting very strange. They were crawling on their bellies with their tails between their legs and were trembling. I have never seen dogs act like that. She told me she had see a UFO hovering over her barns in the back yard and had seen them several times before that night.

After that I decided to contact the control tower at the Albany airport. I asked them if they had tracked anything out of the ordinary and they replied "no, but we've received several other phone calls from people saying they saw UFOs as well." The events were published in the Albany newspaper (I believe it was the Albany Times Union) shortly there after.

I have not told many people about this except for my close family. I don't want any media attention and anyone to bother me. I saw what I saw and I know it was something strange and out of the ordinary.


Mr. Davenport,

I need to make one correction to the report I filled with you regarding my Grandfather's UFO sighting. He thought is was in the fall of 1972 but the correct date is November 8, 1971. Can you make this correction before you post it in your data base? It's too good of a sighting to not have the correct date.

His name is ((name deleted)).

Thank you,

((name deleted))



Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. We spoke with the son of the source of this report, and the son seemed quite sober-minded, and credible, in our opinion. The son works as an erstwhile UFO investigator. Date above has been amended. PD

Posted 2008-03-31

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