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.

Bio

  • 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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Officer Chapman, today marks 72 years since your untimely yet heroic departure from us. You served your country as a military and WWII veteran and then again as a police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice. Reading some of the past reflections, your legacy lives on with a grandson in the FBI and undoubtedly many relatives who still love and carry on your memories. Please know that you will never be forgotten by your LE brethren, both active and retired and watch over your grandson as well as other LE from above. Rest In Peace sir!

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 13, 2020

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