Corporal Sam Mapes

Corporal Sam Mapes

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, May 1, 1927

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Sam Mapes

Corporal Sam Mapes was shot and killed after stopping two vehicles he suspected of transporting illegal liquor. The driver of one of the vehicles offered him a bribe, which he refused. He then stopped a third motorist and asked him to call for assistance. While talking to the motorist the suspect approached him from behind, grabbed his service revolver, and shot him.

The suspect, age 40, fled but was apprehended four days later after a wild chase through the streets of Chicago. The suspect, a very wealthy Chicago bootlegger, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Corporal Mapes' murder happened during a time when when Michigan citizens were complaining bitterly because Michigan did not have the death penalty.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Corporal Mapes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 28, 2019

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