Sergeant Harry Charles Chapin

Sergeant Harry Charles Chapin

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, November 5, 1972

Harry Charles Chapin

Sergeant Chapin was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men for hunting at night.

As Sergeant Chapin and three other officers attempted to arrest the suspects in a wooded area off State Road 159 in Gadsden County, they were met with shotgun blasts. Two suspects were apprehended at the scene. The third suspect was apprehended at his home a few hours later.

Sergeant Chapin is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Apprehended

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FWC Class 28 would like to recognize and honor Wildlife Officer Sergeant Harry Chapin. We participated in a special workout on the anniversary of your passing. We pushed hard and sweat throughout the memorial workout in remembrance of the dedication you put forth in the line of duty. Thank you for protecting Florida's wildlife and ultimately giving the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. You are gone, but not forgotten Sergeant Harry Chapin.

Very Respectfully,

Class 28

Recruit Class 28
November 11/11/2015

FWC Class 28
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

November 11, 2015

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