Police Officer Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Police Officer Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

End of Watch Monday, April 26, 2004

Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Officer Cuthbert Chapman was shot and killed during a robbery while moonlighting at a local fast food restaurant.

An armed suspect entered the restaurant at approximately 11:00 pm, jumped over the counter, and demanded money. Officer Chapman drew his service weapon and confronted the man. Three more men entered the restaurant from the rear and opened fire on Officer Chapman from behind, striking him several times.

Despite being seriously wounded, Officer Chapman was able to return fire but did not strike the suspects. The suspects fled the scene without taking any money. Officer Chapman was taken to Luis Hospital where he remained for several days before being flown to a hospital in Puerto Rico. He was expected to recover, but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he succumbed to his wounds.

Two of the suspects were arrested approximately two months after the shooting. The remaining two suspects remained at large but were eventually apprehended approximately 2 years later in the United States. All four men were charged with several charges, including murder.

Officer Chapman had served with the Virgin Islands Police Department for 14 years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge FB-2

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 17, 2004
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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My deepest condolences to all the family members of Officer Chapman, especially to his sister Cassandra. Your brother die in a senseless manner, and his death was at the hands of ignorant and cowardly individuals who ran away. Now, Cuthbert's soul is now in Heaven looking over you Sandra, and the rest of his loving family. May God bless you Chapman.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 25, 2018

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