James E. Chapman, 22, railroad clerk, died assisting in an attempt to rescue Leroy C. Jones, 47, police officer, and Willard J. Wolff, 30, police patrolman, during a sniping incident, Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 1968. When a number of snipers positioned on the second floor of a dwelling began shooting at police in the street, Jones and Wolff were among reinforcements sent to the scene. In front of the dwelling, Jones was shot and fell to the sidewalk. Wolff reached a yard alongside the dwelling before he also was shot, falling to the ground. Chapman was among a group of persons gathered several hundred feet from the dwelling when a patrolman approached and asked for a volunteer to drive him into the zone of fire to try to remove the policemen who had been shot. Chapman offered his services. Accompanied by the patrolman, Chapman drove his automobile to a point opposite Jones, stopping alongside one of a number of vehicles parked at the curb. he volume of firing increased. Chapman leaped from the automobile and ran between two parked vehicles toward the sidewalk where Jones was lying. The patrol- man did likewise. Chapman reached the yard where Wolff lay; and he then was shot and killed. The patrolman was wounded. The bodies of Jones, Wolff, and Chapman later were recovered.
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