Patrolman Joseph E. Chapman, Jr.

Patrolman Joseph E. Chapman, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 1960

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Joseph E. Chapman, Jr.

Patrolman Joseph E. Chapman, Jr. was shot and killed at 5302 S. Indiana Avenue when he interrupted a robbery in progress while off duty.

He and the store's owner were friends and were and were visiting. Just before the fatal shooting, Patrolman Chapman went to the rear of the store to use the bathroom. A subject entered the store, jumped the counter, and announced a robbery to the clerk. At this time, Patrolman Chapman entered the store from the rear, identified himself, and then exchanged shots with the subject. Both Patrolman Chapman and the subject were fatally wounded.

Patrolman Chapman was struck five times and died on the operating table at Provident Hospital.

Patrolman Chapman had served with the Chicago Police Department for 31 years. He was survived by his wife and six daughters. His wife also served with the Chicago Police Department and was assigned to the Youth Bureau.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 6239

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

off duty, robbery

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Patrolman Chapman,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 8, 2020

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