published Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Chattanooga: Single gunshot killed Sgt. Tim Chapin, medical examiner’s report states

The bullet that struck Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin entered through the bridge of his nose and he fell to the ground, cutting his knees, hands and bruising his head, a Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s report revealed today.

Chapin, a 26-year veteran with Chattanooga Police Department, was responding to a robbery-in-progress call at U.S. Money Store, 5952 Brainerd Road, on April 2 when he tried to apprehend gunman, 25-year-old Jesse Mathews.

Mathews, armed with two guns and wearing a bulletproof vest, fired upon officers through the store front before fleeing out a side door of the business.

Chapin pursued Mathews in his patrol car as other officers pursued him on foot towards Old Birds Mill Road at the rear of the business.

Mathews fired at Chapin in the car. Chapin hit Mathews with his patrol car, but Mathews immediately got back up. Chapin exited his vehicle and exchanged fire with Mathews.

Chapin was shot by Mathews once.

The bullet exited through the back of Chapin’s head. He was pronounced dead at the scene after his fellow officers tried to render aid.

The type of gun is not listed in the medical examiner’s report and police have not released additional details.

Mathews also was shot and taken into custody. He was hospitalized, then jailed Friday and charged with Chapin’s death. Authorities have not released the nature of his injuries.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Macallanlover said...

There are just way too many police officers dying in the line of duty the past few years, and it is trending up. We need to allow police a more free hand to deal with those who resist arrest, or fail to obery when commended to stop/surrender. The pendulum has swung too far toward the punks/thugs' side. If they resist, drop them. There are courts where they can plead their case if they are innocent. Time to let the police bring order to this society.

I hope the shooter in this case dies a painful death in prison, but quickly, we shouldn't waste too many tax dollars on him while he lives off our tab.

April 12, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.

Emotions are still at a peak since Sergeant Chapin was murdered. Not much will be accomplished by making random statements yet many of us still need time to grieve his death. Mrs. Kelle Chapin spoke at Abba's House this past Sunday. Let's try to follow her spirit. Her faith will bring her through these trying times. Clearly we need to look to God for help in resolving any issues. I don't expect much for the twisted justice system.

April 12, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
chet123 said...

macallanlovers...i said this immediately after the fine officer Chapin was shot(and it made some people fighting mad)....."GLAD robber was not a black man"...it would be open reason on all black males in chattanooga and reading your comment i read the tea-leaves right....the robber should have never been out of jail...but thanks to the good ole boy justice system...they let a man who had 3 armed robbery out for good bahavior LOL LOL ant that a joke!!....and this is not uncommon...its refer to as the velvet hammer.....where there is just a slap on the risk...."Macallanlover" please do me a favor and look into the mirror.....if this guy had been black he would had not seen day-light...so as you want to give police more liberty, what you really mean is shoot black male(take away liberty form all black males)....you see you will not go after white males with such zeal...it will not happen....white community would go after any police shooting a white male in such a way they do black male....bias system....if you look at history...pitiful to say , but most black male shoot other black males....they are very very very reluctant to shoot men in the blue uniform...but white males will not hesitate...look at recent event...both men threaten police officers(chattworth/lee hyw)so while you callin for reenforcment...i hope thats not CODE TALK(let shoot blacks..)with that attitude you always end up shooting an innocent man so as you express your emotion...let not it be a marching order call...for you will creat a much much bigger problem...just have some back-bone and write your congress-person about consistency in the justice system

April 12, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
thunderdome said...

Albeit this is trash reporting! Where is the decent respect that families deserve? Regardless who it is or (was)a family member should not be exposed to this. My curse on the writer and editor is that you are inundated when your family member succumbs: as we all do! Welcome to suffering--!!! low life's

April 12, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
mella_yella said...

@Macallanlover said... There are just way too many police officers dying in the line of duty the past few years, and it is trending up. We need to allow police a more free hand to deal with those who resist arrest


It is overly aggressive policing that has led to this type breakdown. Where citizens no longer neither fear nor respect the profession.

Citizens have been so overly exposed to the negative and abuse side of policing that they've become desensitized. Which leads to more citizens no longer in fear of nor having respect for the profession. It's no different than the abused spouse or child who finally stands up to their abuser.

April 12, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
chet123 said...

how do you think the family of the man shot 80times by CPD a few ago felt while general population chattanoogan said he got what he deserved...it would have never happen to a white citizen..no way....its unheard of.....i say better hold your emotion....you(general population) are responsible for this mess...double standard in justive systems chicken came home to rooste, weak gun laws...NRA laughing all the way to the bank

April 12, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.
Legend said...

@thunderdome said... Albeit this is trash reporting! Where is the decent respect that families deserve? Regardless who it is or (was)a family member should not be exposed to this. My curse on the writer and editor is that you are inundated when your family member succumbs


Wow! thunderdome, where were your concerns for the family and how they miht feel reading about their loved one and that "scumbag reporting" when CPD released a detailed description of the young man shot over 43 times by police down around the E. Lake Rossville area? There was even an outline drawing of a human figure detailing where each bullet hit. There were rumors the police involved in that shooting were seen out together at some bar where cops hang out actually drinking, laughing, making toasts and congratulating one another as if they'd merely returned from a hunting trip where they'd bagged some prize kill.

Wow again! Just how quickly our priorities and sense of values change when put to the ultimate test.

April 12, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.
chet123 said...

the man shot 80times family deserved sympathy instead CPD giggle about the situation....i can say this though white boys in crime dont play ...they are mean....dared CPD to do anything.....

April 12, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
chet123 said...

thank you Beth....but there people who cant deal with the truth

April 12, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
chet123 said...

sgt chapin was a nice guy,,,,but CPD have some Sleazeball on the force.....

April 12, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Why can't we find out about the perp's injuries? More privacy rights than the Sgt.? I heard he's a eunuch. C'mon, tell us! Did they shoot his penis off? Does his daddy have two daughters now?

April 12, 2011 at 8:36 p.m.
write2speak said...

Okay, this had nothing to do with black or white, it's not trash reporting, I'm sorry for the family but the people have a right to know all the "gory" details, yes they should give more info on the shooter, give a name when you talk about CPD "giggling" or you're just feeding a rumor, and maybe police should show more force. This guy had a vest on. He went out that day in anticipation of gunfire.

April 12, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

Cops die in the line of duty, thats the risk they accept freely. Why didn't his "god" save him? brainwashing ans stupid cult worshipers try to parlay excuses out of weakness.

April 12, 2011 at 10 p.m.
jabatten said...

I say anybody who has a .50 cal sniper rifle and one round I can fire...will help bring justice to Sgt Chapin's family!!

April 12, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

quietreader, since you cant post here or with a contact, let me just say your brainwashed views of cult worship are about as logical as creationism and a pastors words mean as much to me as your own blind fear. Would love to discuss your irrational views, but folks like you who talk the most listen the least.

April 13, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
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