Correctional Officer Gary Martin Chapin

Correctional Officer Gary Martin Chapin

Crawford County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, November 15, 2010

Gary Martin Chapin

Correctional Officer Gary Chapin succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier after being attacked and beaten by an inmate in the Crawford County Correctional Facility. He suffered a fractured skull and several broken ribs in the assault.

Officer Chapin was transported to Wesbury United Methodist Community Hospital but never regained consciousness after the attack.

The inmate who beat him was in jail on a parole violation at the time. The assault occurred because the inmate was upset about an unsharpened pencil. The inmate was charged with criminal homicide, however, in October 2011 the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. He was subsequently sentenced to 2-1/2 to five years in prison.

Officer Chapin had served with the Crawford County Correctional Facility for almost four years. He had previously served as a police officer with the Linesville Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Conneaut Lake Police Department, West Mead Township Police Department and Cambridge Springs Police Department. He is survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 3 years, 8 months
  • Badge 73

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 13, 2010
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to five years

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 29, 2018

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