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

Age: 28
Served: 3 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 49W, Line 23
Panel L16, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, January 30, 1947
09:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
805 Ridge Road, Munster
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Buswell Cemetery, Kentland

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   Town Marshal Charles Chapman was accidentally shot and killed by a trooper with the Indiana State Police who was preparing to clean his service weapon.

   The .38-caliber revolver discharged in the Munster police station, striking Marshal Chapman in the abdomen. The state trooper was exonerated of blame in the shooting.

   Town 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.

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