P.O. Joseph E. Chapman, Jr. #6239

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Name: Chapman, Jr. Joseph E.
Star: 6239
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Burear of Operational Services
End of Watch: 05 August 1980
Incident Details: Police Officer Joseph Chapman, 56, was a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services. On May 8, 1960, Officer Chapman visited a liquor store on the 5300 block of South Indiana Avenue. The officer had just finished eating a sandwich and his grandchildren were anxiously awaiting him at home for the candy he was going to buy them. Officer Chapman went to the rear of the store and had just finished using the restroom when an armed robbery entered. The officer announced himself and ordered the suspect, Larry Harvey to drop his weapon when he opened fire. Officer Chapman and Harvey were both fatally wounded. Officer Chapman was transported to Provident Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Chapman was laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, six children, and many grandchildren.