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New Hero Search Kristopher D. Moules
- Jul. 18, 2016 -
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Luzerne County Correctional Facility Patch
Resided: PA, USA
Born: Nov. 02, 1990  
Fallen: Jul. 18, 2016
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 25 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Luzerne County Correctional Facility - PA
99 Water Street  
Wilkes-Barre, PA   18711   USA
(570)825-1590
County: Luzerne
Dept. Type: County/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Jailer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Assault
Weapon Class: Hand
Agency URL: Click Here
Bio: Kris graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School in 2009 and Youngstown University in 2014. He also attended Lackawanna College from 2009 to 2012.

He honorably worked at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility as a corrections officer from September 2015 until his passing. He was a baseball coach at Lackawanna College, Scranton, and for the MVP Sports Academy, Exeter, worked as a valet at Mohegan Sun casino and was also a proud employee of the Wyoming Valley Country Club.

Kris was a varsity baseball, soccer and ice hockey player for Wyoming Valley West High School, as well as playing baseball for Lackawanna College, where he co-captained their 2012 World Series team. He then proceeded to continue his education at Youngstown State University, where he played baseball for two years.

He had many passions in life, which included sports, the outdoors and spending time with his friends.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Timothy Darnell Gilliam Jr. :: Black / Male - 27 years old
in jail for failing to register as a sex offender

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Location: Luzerne County Correctional Facility PA   USA   Mon. Jul. 18, 2016
Summary: Correctional Officer Kristopher Moules died after he and an inmate fell down an elevator shaft during a struggle inside of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Subj. Gilliam and his fellow inmates on the fifth floor of the Water Street prison were fetching their dinner trays from Moules at the cell block door around 5:30 p.m.

When the last tray was handed out, Gilliam approached the cell block door, which had not yet closed and locked, and began a heated discussion with Moules and another corrections officer who was in a locked control room above the cell block floor.

Moules advised Gilliam to exit the cell block, apparently to avoid a confrontation. Gilliam exited into the hallway and initiated a verbal confrontation with Moules and the control room corrections officer.

As the confrontation escalated, the control room officer ordered Gilliam to be handcuffed. As Moules tried to handcuff Gilliam, Gilliam began a physical altercation with him.

The control room officer sounded the 'all available guards' alarm and exited the locked control room to assist Moules. As the control room officer began to assist, Gilliam pulled Moules backwards towards the elevator and hit the elevator door.

The door immediately gave way at the base and swung out into the elevator shaft as if hinged on top, even though the elevator is designed with a single door that is only supposed slide laterally.

The two disappeared into the shaft, with Gilliam still pulling Moules, and the door swung immediately closed behind them.

The control room officer who was attempting to help had to brace himself on the elevator doorway to avoid falling into the shaft himself.

Gilliam and Moules fell 59 feet and 1 inch from the fifth floor to the top of the elevator car, which was stationary on the ground floor.

Coroner Lisman determined both men died of multiple traumatic injuries resulting from the fall into the elevator shaft. He ruled Gilliamís manner of death was accidental.

Moulesí death was ruled a homicide, investigators said, because 'although inmate Gilliam did not intend to cause his own death, his actions set in motion a chain of events which led to the death of C.O. Kristopher Moules.'

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