Sergeant Harry Charles Chapin

Sergeant Harry Charles Chapin

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, November 5, 1972

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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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Today we of FWC Class 39 payed tribute to Sergeant Harry Chapin with a memorial workout. The class pushed through and completed the workout in honor of Sergeant Chapin’s ultimate sacrifice on November 5, 1972. This tragic incident left a hole not only in the hearts of his loved ones but in the hearts of our law enforcement family. By continuing to protect the lands and resources he laid down his life to protect, we hope to honor him and all other members of our family who have fallen. Though his watch has ended, our family will never forget him.


FWC Recruit Class 39

November 7, 2019

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