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Police Officer Wallace B. Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Wallace B. "Chappie" Chapman

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, June 13, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 3934

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Officer Chapman was shot to death while arresting a man who two women said had been insulting him. While at a call box at 8th and Poplar streets, the suspect knocked Officer Chapman down, took his service revolver, and shot him repeatedly.

The 21-year-old suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Chapman was a WWII veteran and had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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You are not forgotten. I walk past a plaque dedicated to you everyday before I walk into work.

Philadelphia Police
June 13, 2016


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