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Warrants: Man killed by Wake deputies held hostages

Posted December 23, 2010

— A man shot and killed by Wake County deputies last Saturday held his wife and a child hostage overnight and threatened them with an ax, according to search warrants and a 911 call released Thursday.

Affidavits attached to the warrants state that Cody Knisley held his wife, Dana Knisley and her daughter against their will until she managed to escape the house while he was sleeping and get help.

Her brother, Danny McCloud called 911, and officers responding to that call shot Cody Knisley, authorities have said. Witnesses said Knisley had a shotgun and didn't obey deputies' commands to put down the weapon.

Knisley, who was separated from his wife, went to the home sometime on Bold Run Road in northern Wake County sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and had the ax and shotgun with him, according to the 911 call.

"He got an ax, was swinging it around. He punched her in the face, busted her nose," the caller said. "He said he was going to kill her -- chop her in little pieces."

Knisley's family said that he suffered from mental problems and had been suicidal.

Deputies Dusty Mullen, David Bradford and David Chamblee were placed on administrative leave following the shooting, pending a State Bureau of Investigation review of the case. That’s a standard procedure when officers are involved in a shooting.


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  • lvdolphin512 Dec 29, 2010

    I must comment very quick to simply clear up a few things. The news paper can only report what they hear, they edit out what they want and then add a few things and publish their story. what is published here is only a very small peice of the story. Its missing events leading up to this situation and TONS of events during the situation and after. there was no terror on any little girl, they were not held against their will, there was no broken nose. This is a tragic situation with a very sad out come. I beleive the wake county police department and sheriff department handeled this situation very poorley. no body mentions that 15 officers were present, only three fired ( all of which were under 30 and standing with in feet of this man) he was hit nearly 15 times. A bit of over kill if you ask me. It ashame that so much untrue things are posted in the news paper and on the media. Its very hard for people to make accurate judgements when the whole story and the truth is missing or is only

  • thepeopleschamp Dec 24, 2010

    "It seems that unless a person is an immediate threat to SOMEONE else, that with enough patience/distance and time the situation could be resolved better." Dismald

    So you don't think a guy that just used an axe to terrorize women and children and now has a shotgun he will not drop ISN'T an immediate threat? You gotta be kidding me. Unless Wake Co. has a Deputy Yoda who can do jedi mind tricks, I don't what other option they had.

  • mshood7 Dec 23, 2010

    This is so tragic. It makes you wonder how long this stuff was going on. I hope the child will be able to get help in dealing with this traumatic event. Don't know enough beyond what is written here. But I pray to God that this family will get help in moving on to a life of normaly and one without fear and no hope. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who are blessed with so much and have a good home to go to. Your family and your home should be your refuge not your prison.

  • JAT Dec 23, 2010

    if someone is sick/mean/crazy enough to do to a house a 2am with an ax threatening to kill someone, there really isn't any cure for them. This guy had obviously caused alot of grief to his own family for quite some time and at least now, they can all sleep easily at night knowing they're safe.

  • Ladybug Dec 23, 2010

    I don't know what's wrong with some of you, but you sway way beyond the SUBJECT of the story.

  • bmg379 Dec 23, 2010

    Knisley, who was separated from his wife, came to the house between 2 and 3 a.m. and had an ax and shotgun with him,

  • didisaythat Dec 23, 2010

    Just because you have the right to get the inforamtion about the officer does not mean you should get it. Why is it acceptable to not put a child's name or a sexual assault victim's name. They are doing that to prevent being humiliated. But to do it to prevent the officer of retaliation is not acceptable. OK. How do some come to the conclusion that not putting the officers name is saying he is above the law? Some amaze me. The only ones putting officers on a pedastal are the ones that hate them so much. The are average people doing an above average job. And getting paid below average.

  • bmg379 Dec 23, 2010

    somehow when I saw the aerial helicoptor view of the trailer and the woman in a nascar jacket.

  • didisaythat Dec 23, 2010


    I appreciate that you would prefer the situation have a different ending. All involved would want that I am sure. But to second guess the officers involved is not only wrong it is impossible to do unless you are put into the position they were in. You can say all you want that will patience and location that man did not have to be shot. Yes they could build a wall around the house and close it off except a place to pass food and sing songs to get him to sleep and then use some jedi mind trick to move all the weapons out of reach and then go in with pillows and stuffed animals and walk him out to our own little Eutopia. But now we have to come back to reality. People, whether they are crazy, mean or nice chose how the outcome is. Not the police.

  • chfdcpt Dec 23, 2010

    One thing that HR tells you when you go to work for a government agency is that almost all your information is a public record. The only thing that my employer cannot give you upon request is my address, phone number, and next of kin.

    If you request, they have to give you my hiring date, hiring salary and hiring position, my current salary and position and my last personnel action (demotion/promotion/transfer). they can also tell you which department/division I am working at, and what my benefit packages are. If government workers have a problem with that, they are more than welcome to go back to the civilian side.