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Captain J. W. Block | Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Captain

J. W. Block

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 20, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Captain J. W. Block was shot and killed after being taken prisoner by three convicts attempting to escape from the Angola State Prison saw mill. The prisoners had surprised Captain Block and disarmed him. As they made their way to the river they were fired upon by another guard.

The inmates forced Captain Block into a skiff and warned the approaching guards they would shoot him if they were fired upon. A prison trustee opened fire on the convicts, who in turn fatally shot Captain Block.

All three prisoners were shot in the gunfight, and a second guard was seriously wounded.

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE YOUR DEATH WE LOOK AT YOUR SACRIFICE AND STILL THANK AND REMEMBER YOU.

C/0 CHIRICHELLO L. CERT
LANCASTER COUNTY PA
June 20, 2016

 

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