Killing of Edward Chinn in Louisiana in 1937


Case summary

Edward Chinn, age 33, was killed in 1937 by police in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chinn, suffering from mental illness, was in a highly agitated state in the home of his mother, Matilda Chinn. He had a meat cleaver and was threatening to hurt himself and others. His mother called the police, and a struggle ensued. It is unclear which officer(s) shot Chinn to death, but present were Patrolman M. Duplantier, Detective Michael Padin, Captain Alfred Malone, and Detective William Daniels.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1937-07-18
Location: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: assaulting a white couple; attacking a police officer

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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