Probation Officer
Donald R. 'Charley' Knepple
Allen County Adult Probation Department
Monday, April 28, 1997

Age: 48
Served: 12 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
U.S. Army • Vietnam War
Indiana Air National Guard
Not Included
Panel L9, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, April 28, 1997
10:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
2712 South Calhoun Street,
Fort Wayne
Incident County:
Allen
Incident Township:
Wayne
Weapon Used:
9 mm handgun
Suspect Info:
Committed suicide
Burial Location:
Greenlawn Memorial Park,
Fort Wayne

   Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center in Fort Wayne.

   The suspect, who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of killing them both.  As the meeting took place, the suspect fatally shot both of them in the head before he fled to the rear of the center and committed suicide. At the time of the incident Probation Officer Knepple, like other officers in his department were not armed.

   Probation Officer Knepple was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

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This officer has been denied inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.