Captain John A. Singleton

Captain John A. Singleton

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 1933

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John A. Singleton

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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 10, 1933
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

escape attempt

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Capt. Singleton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Louisiana. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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September 12, 2023

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