Probation Officer
Donald Robert 'Charley' Knepple
Allen County Adult Probation Department
Monday, April 28, 1997

Age: 48
Served: 12 years
Badge #:
Not Included
Panel L9, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, April 28, 1997
10:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
2712 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
9 mm handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Greenlawn Memorial Park,
Fort Wayne

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   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, from Fort Wayne, was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter, mother, two brothers and sister. At the time of the incident Probation Officer Knepple, like other officers in his department, was not armed.

Military Service


United States Army – Indiana Air National Guard
Vietnam War

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