Charles Wilmer Chapman
Munster Police Department
Thursday, January 30, 1947

Age: 29
Served: 3 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 49W, Line 23
Panel L16, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, January 30, 1947
09:35 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
805 Ridge Road, Munster
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber revolver
Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Buswell Cemetery, Kentland

   Marshal Charles Chapman was accidentally shot and killed by a state trooper who was preparing to clean his service weapon in the Munster police station.

   The weapon discharged, striking Marshal Chapman in the chest. The state trooper was cleared of blame in the shooting.

   Marshal Chapman had previously served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, 2- and 4-year-old sons and parents.