Deputy Chipps is a one year veteran of the department. Chipps was born in Doylestown, PA, and has 3 children. Chipps holds an Associates Degree in Industrial Security from the Air Force Community College. Deputy Chipps has nearly 30 years prior law enforcement experience with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the Flemington, New Jersey Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Department.
Chipps served with the NJ National Guard, NJ Army National Guard, NJ Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserves culminating in 29 years of service. Chipps has received military awards as well as law enforcement awards and citations. Chipps has been involved with the Law Enforcement Explorers and the Hunterdon County Juvenile Officers Association. Chipps also has an interest in Civil War re-enactment, SCUBA diving and horse back riding.
In September of 2003, Deputy Chipps and his partner were en route to pick up a prisoner for a court hearing when they were waved down by a subject on the street, who Chipps recognized as an attorney. They observed that the man was injured about the face, and the man directed them to an armed suspect. Chipps and his partner exited the vehicle, where they observed a second victim, and the deputies attempted to detain the suspect. Chipps advised his partner to contact County Control to advise them of the incident.
As the suspect turned to face them, the suspect was observed with a handgun in his right hand. Chipps drew his weapon and came to a low ready position. The deputies ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, but the suspect refused to comply. The deputies backed away from the suspect, hoping to draw him away from a congested downtown intersection.
The suspect walked toward the deputies, away from the intersection. The suspect still refused to drop the weapon, and advanced on the deputies. As Chipps attempted to subdue the suspect, the suspect fired his weapon at Chipps' partner, striking him on the side of the stomach. Chipps then fired two shots at the suspect, who dropped to the ground. Chipps continued to cover the suspect. The deputies secured the scene and called for assistance.
It was later determined that the suspect had a lengthy criminal background, and had been previously arrested for attempted homicide.
Nominated by: William M. Hose, York County Sheriff
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