Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed by a man on probation who planned on killing him at a counseling center in Fort Wayne.
The 45-year-old suspect, who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of killing them both.
During the meeting, the suspect shot both Probation Officer Knepple and the 41-year-old clinical supervisor to death before he fled to the rear of the center and died by suicide.
Probation Officer Knepple was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. At the time of the incident Probation Officer Knepple, like other officers in his department, was not armed.
United States Army – Indiana Air National Guard
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This officer has been denied inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.