Patrolman John Chapman

Patrolman John Chapman

Rockland Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, February 16, 1938

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John Chapman

Patrolman Chapman was shot and killed by a suspect he had arrested earlier in the day. Patrolman Chapman had arrested the 60-year-old suspect for public drunkenness. After being released from custody, the suspect returned home and obtained a handgun. He later confronted Patrolman Chapman in downtown Rockland. The suspect pointed the gun at Patrolman Chapman and said, "How quick are you on the draw?" Before Patrolman Chapman could react, the suspect shot him once in the head, killing him.

The suspect was caught hours later and confessed to the crime at a little before 1 AM. After a brief committal in the state psychiatric hospital in Bangor, he pleaded guilty to murder in May 1938 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was denied a pardon on June 7, 1951.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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Officer John Chapman, today on the 84th Anniversary of your sacrifice,I the DEOA Historical Association,and I also in Law Enforcement,I am District #30 CT Justice of the Peace Magistrate,have made it a point to honor you today. I was not sure if you had worn a uniform,or not. We did a Remembrance ceremony in actual 1930s era typical Country Constables attire and equiptment here today. We would like to pay our respects to him at a graveside location, We donot know where that is at this time. Hope to soon. RIP, End of Watch- February 16th,1938.

CT Justice of the Peace,District # 30
State of Connecticut

February 16, 2022

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