Trustee Guard Arnold Davis

Trustee Guard Arnold Davis

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 10, 1933

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Arnold Davis

Trustee Guard Arnold Davis, Guard James Fletcher, and Captain John Singleton 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 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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

escape attempt

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On this 87th anniversary of your death I would like to reiterate my previous reflection left for you, your law enforcement brethren will always remember your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 10, 2020

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