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 Harry 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.

All three suspects were brothers, ages 30, 32, and 34. The youngest suspect, who fired the fatal shot, was convicted of second-degree murder. Of the other two, one was convicted of manslaughter, and the other was acquitted.

Sergeant Chapin was in a similar situation in 1958, but the bullet lodged in his heavy-duty belt.

Sergeant Chapin was a World War II veteran and served with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Convicted of murder

arrest attempt, poacher

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Sgt. Chapin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 5, 2022

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