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Corrections Captain David C. Knapps | Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Corrections Captain

David C. Knapps

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 28, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Hammer

Offender: One shot and killed

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Captain Knapps was killed after being bludgeoned with a hammer during a prison uprising at a state prison in Angola. He and two other guards had been taken hostage by a small group of inmates. The inmates demanded Captain Knapps' jail keys, and when he refused to hand them over the inmates beat him with the hammer. One inmate, who charged rescuers with a knife, was shot and killed when a rescue team stormed the room.

Captain Knapps had served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his son and fiancée.

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Ive attended the academy named after you on two different occasions and took many different skills with me that I learned there in the job. It's truly a tragedy every time an officer is taken from us in any way. I want to express my condolences to you and your family and a thank you for your sacrifice. I spoke with an officer that was on the team that went in to rescue you and the other officers and he said that there's not a day that goes by that he doesn't think about you. You are truly missed and your legacy at Angola is being carried on to multiple facilities. I served at Angola, Elayn Hunt and am now currently serving at Dixon Correctional. Thank you for your service and you are greatly missed by officers that knew you and the ones that didn't.

Corrections Officer Adam Tarver
Dixon Correctional Institute
January 9, 2017


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