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Captain John A. Singleton | Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

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John A. Singleton

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/10/1933

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Captain John Singleton, Guard Arnold Davis, and Guard James Fletcher were shot and killed during an escape of 12 prisoners from the Angola Prison.

The prisoners had obtained several firearms and attempted to force Captain Singleton to escort them out of the prison. He was shot several times when he refused. The inmates then attempted to gain access to the armory but were confronted by Trustee Guard Arnold Davis and Guard James Fletcher, who were both killed in the ensuing shootout.

After gaining obtaining numerous weapons from the armory the men then stole a car from the visitors lot and fled through the main gate. One of the inmates was killed as guards fired into the vehicle as it drove through the gate.

One of the ringleaders of the escape had previously been convicted of murdering Policeman Hence Giles, of the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department on July 16th, 1926, and Constable Lee Selman, of Little River County, Arkansas, on June 19th, 1928. The man was arrested the following month and charged with Captain Singleton's murder. Several trials ended in mistrial and he was eventually returned to Arkansas to finish his sentence there.

Captain Singleton was survived by his wife.

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Policeman Hence C. Giles
Texarkana Police Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Friday, July 16, 1926
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Constable Lee Roy Selman
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End of Watch: Tuesday, June 19, 1928
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Guard James W. Fletcher
Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Trustee Guard Arnold Davis
Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

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