Police Officer Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Police Officer Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

End of Watch Monday, April 26, 2004

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Cuthbert Ezekiel Chapman

Police Officer Cuthbert Chapman was shot and killed during a robbery while moonlighting at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant in the Sunny Isles Shopping Center in St. Croix.

An armed suspect entered the restaurant at approximately 11:00 pm, jumped over the counter, and demanded money. Officer Chapman drew his service weapon and confronted the man. Three more men entered the restaurant from the rear and opened fire on Officer Chapman from behind, striking him several times.

Despite being seriously wounded, Officer Chapman was able to return fire but did not strike the suspects. The suspects fled the scene without taking any money. Officer Chapman was taken to Luis Hospital where he remained for several days before being flown to a hospital in Puerto Rico. He was expected to recover, but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he succumbed to his wounds.

Two of the suspects were arrested approximately two months after the shooting. The remaining two suspects remained at large but were eventually apprehended approximately 2 years later in the United States. All four men were charged with several charges, including murder.

Officer Chapman had served with the Virgin Islands Police Department for 14 years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge FB-2

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 17, 2004
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

robbery, secondary employment

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Officer Chapman,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the Virgin Islands. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 26, 2024

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