Chief John C. Tarpy

Photo of Chief John C. Tarpy
End of Watch: Tue, Apr 2nd, 1907
Date of Incident: Sat, Mar 23rd, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 12 years
Age: 42


His wife, mother, three brothers, and sister


Chief Tarpy succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier when he and several officers attempted to arrest a man suspected of being involved in several burglaries.

When the officers arrived at the man's home, the suspect let them in. Chief Tarpy told the man to relinquish his handgun. The man opened fire, striking Chief Tarpy in the abdomen. As one of the officers began to struggle with the suspect, the wounded chief returned fire, killing the man.

The chief was taken to his home where he remained in very serious condition until succumbing to his wounds.

Chief Tarpy had served with the Winchester Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, mother, three brothers, and sister.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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Winchester, Kentucky 40391
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