Police Officer Wallace Blakleigh "Chappie" Chapman

Police Officer Wallace Blakleigh "Chappie" Chapman

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 1948

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Wallace Blakleigh "Chappie" Chapman

Officer Chapman was shot to death while arresting a man who two women said had been insulting him. While at a call box at 8th and Poplar streets, the suspect knocked Officer Chapman down, took his service revolver, and shot him repeatedly.

The 21-year-old suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Chapman was a U.S Army veteran of WWII and had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3934
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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To the family, if you don’t know already “Cappies” picture hangs proudly in the 26th District along with other Officers from the district who sacrificed their lives for the safety and well being of so many In the community in which they served. I appreciate and am thankful to Chappie and many like him who were trailblazers in era of hate and prejudice because of his color. Thank you Chappie for making all of us past and current officers of color proud. God bless your family. Please know that he is not forgotten.

P/O Bond
26th DIstrict

April 27, 2018

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