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- May. 30, 1936 -
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LA Dept. of Corrections Patch
Resided: LA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: May. 30, 1936
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 57 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections
PO Box 94304  
Baton Rouge, LA   70804   USA
(225)342-6740
County: East Baton Rouge
Dept. Type: State/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Captain
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Accident - Police
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Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: LA   USA   Sat. May. 30, 1936
Summary: Captain Tom Fluitt was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity while leading a posse searching for the murderer of Captain Nelsom Himel.

Captain Nelson Himel and his wife were shot and killed at his home on the Angola prison camp. The prisoner had been assigned to tend to Captain Himel's yard and attacked his wife when she repulsed his advances. The inmate slit her throat, placed her body in the home's bathtub, and then waited for Captain Himel to return home.

When Captain Himel entered the house the inmate fatally shot him before stealing his revolver and wallet. He was able to leave the prison in Captain Himel's car by telling the gate guards that he was running an errand for the captain. The suspect then abducted another prisoner from the farm.

A large manhunt was started after the bodies were discovered. During the ensuing search Captain Tom Fluitt was shot and fatally wounded by a posseman who mistook him and another man for the escapees.

The suspect was located several days later and committed suicide during a shootout with posse mem

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