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Lieutenant Michael John Webster Police Department, New York

Lieutenant

Michael John "Chip" Chiapperini

Webster Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/24/2012

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Lieutenant Michael Chiapperini was shot and killed while responding to a house fire at a home on Lake Road in Webster.

Lieutenant Chiapperini had responded to the fire as as a volunteer firefighter and was on the first piece of apparatus to arrive at the scene. As he and the other volunteer firefighters exited the pumper truck to start fighting the fire, a subject opened fire on them from an ambush position. Lieutenant Chiapperini immediately assessed the situation and began providing tactical direction to the other firefighters to take cover. He then maneuvered through the fire truck's cab and began moving on foot towards the shooter's location as the other responders took cover.

As he made his way towards the subject he was shot in the head and fatally wounded.

The subject held other responding officers at bay for several hours until finally committing suicide.

Volunteer Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka was also shot and killed by the subject.

Lieutenant Chiapperini had served with the Webster Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Kim, Nick and girls- our thoughts will be with you this week. May there be justice for all of you. We think of you all and will always remember Mike's infectious smile that lit up a room.

The DelNagro Family
NYSP SP Canandaigua
April 2, 2014

 

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