Lieutenant Michael John "Chip" Chiapperini

Lieutenant Michael John "Chip" Chiapperini

Webster Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 24, 2012

Michael John "Chip" Chiapperini

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.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

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