Probation Officer Donald R. "Charley" Knepple

Probation Officer Donald R. "Charley" Knepple

Allen County Adult Probation Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, April 28, 1997

Donald R. "Charley" Knepple

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

The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of murdering them both. As the meeting took place at about 10:00 am, 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 had served with the Allen County Adult Probation Department for 12 years. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and an Air National Guard reservist. Probation Officer Knepple was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I was a young PO when this happened and it helped me be more aware of things that can happen in this profession and mindful of clients with mental health issues. This was very influential in my career. I was honored to receive the memorial scholarship award in 2003. Continuing your work Charlie and hope we make you proud.

Chief Probation Officer, Terri Bodine
Shelby County Probation

April 26, 2017

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