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Twentieth Anniversary of Murders of Police Constables at Crescent Head

Sacrifice and sadness will hang heavy in the air on Thursday for officers and wider family of the Mid North Coast Local Area Command.

It will be the 20th anniversary of senior constables Pete Addison and Bob Spears’ murders at Crescent Head.

The two officers, stationed at Kempsey but both of whom lived in Port Macquarie, were killed while responding to a violent disturbance on Main Street about 1am on July 9, 1995.

Electrician John McGowan killed Sen Const Spears first by using a .223 calibre Rutger Rifle, before taking the other officer’s life.

McGowan then shot himself.

The two officers were posthumously awarded the NSW Police Force’s highest honour, the Commissioner’s Valour Award, the following month.

Read more in Macquarie Port News.

Source: www.portnews.com.au

Police Shooting: Possible Links To Drive-by Shooting Near Home of Carl Williams’ Father

Police are investigating possible links between the shooting of a policeman in Moonee Ponds and a drive-by shooting on the home of George Williams, father of the dead underworld killer, Carl Williams.

An arson attack and drive-by shooting linked to the Williams gangland family is being investigated as part of the probe into the shooting of a police officer early on Tuesday morning.

Police sources have told Fairfax Media the two officers involved in the shooting were searching for suspicious cars after two attacks believed to be connected to the Williams family.

The first was the firebombing of a Moonee Ponds house on Sunday in the same street Roberta Williams, Carl Williams’ former wife, lives. Up to nine firebombs were believed to have been thrown in Primrose Street, Essendon.

The second was the shooting of a house in Broadmeadows where Mr Williams’ father, George Williams, resides in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

No one was hurt at the Broadmeadows shooting although a front fence was repeatedly fired at with what is believed to have been a shotgun shortly before 3.30am. Detectives are yet to establish a motive for that attack.

Read the in-depth analysis in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

In the Shadows: The Moonee Ponds Police Shooting

A Special Operations Group officer once remarked he felt his job was safe compared to police on the road doing routine patrols. “We do our homework and we control the situation. Out on the street anything can happen,” he said. He said the closest he came to serious injury was as a young constable when a man pulled a knife on him on a railway station.

On Tuesday about 3.40am a  31-year-old First Constable was shot in the head attempting to pull over a suspect car, the sort of event that happens hundreds of times a day.

Read more for the analysis of the event and possible links to gangland war in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Officer Shot With ‘Blatant Disregard for Human Life’: Ron Iddles, TPAV

The head of Police Association Victoria called Tuesday’s shooting a callous act performed by someone with a “blatant disregard for human life”.

Two centimetres was all that spared the officer from death or serious injury, Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said. 

The officers were from Flemington police station. The first constable had been in the force for 2½ years, and the other for three years. 

Read the article in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Melbourne Police Shooting: For Cops On the Beat, Anything Can Happen

On Tuesday a 31-year-old First Constable was shot in the head in what should have been a routine intercept of a suspect car, the sort that happens hundreds of times a day.

An occupant in a suspect Ford Escape opened fire with a shotgun in Robinson St, Moonee Ponds around 3.40am, shattering the driver’s side window and striking the policeman in the back of the head as he instinctively turned away from the blast.

Almost certainly the window saved his life.

This was no warning or accident. The offender intended to kill.

The crime itself was inevitable with police discovering guns every two days in cars in Melbourne’s north-west.  They deal with firearm-related incidents like drive-by shootings every six days.

Crooks need to know that if you shoot at cops it will end badly – for you.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Police Officer Shot In Melbourne During Traffic Stop

A Melbourne police officer has been shot in Moonee Ponds while trying to intercept a car.

The officer was fired at when he and a colleague approached the vehicle in Robinson Street at Moonee Ponds about 3.40am.

‘They approached a car and a shotgun was discharged, injuring one of the members,’ a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday. 

The car allegedly sped off and police are searching for the gunman.

The officer was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

An ambulance service spokesman said the officer was shot in the upper body.

A hunt is underway for the gunman, who fled in the car.

Police could not say what injuries the officer suffered, or if there were other people in the car.

Read more on 3AW.

Source: www.3aw.com.au

Policeman Remembers Mad Max Shooting: ‘The Next One Was Going To Finish Me’

It was the second shot that paralysed Sergeant Brian Stooke. The bullet shot through the flesh under his arm, went crossways through his body and hit the spine. And the gunman – prolific burglar Pavel ‘Mad Max’ Marinof – still loomed, shooting Stooke twice more while he lay helplessly on the road. “I thought the next one was going to finish me,” Stooke said.

Before Russell Street, before Walsh Street, before Silk and Miller and long before terrorism, there was Mad Max.

Thursday marked 30 years since the shootings, the scale of which had not been seen since Ned Kelly gunned down three officers at Stringybark.

Stooke was the first of seven police officers Marinof shot. He shot four in one night (narrowly missing a fifth) and another two were wounded eight months later when he was apprehended and shot dead near his hide-out at Wallan.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Man Killed Cincinnati Police Officer So He Would Be Killed by Police

Cincinnati’s police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as “suicide by cop.”

Officer Sonny Kim, a decorated 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, died along with the man involved in the Friday morning shooting in the Madisonville neighborhood, police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said.

Blackwell said Kim was responding to two 911 calls about a man with a gun. The caller reported that the subject was belligerent and in his early 20s, wearing a white T-shirt with a gun tucked in his waistband.

“We now know that the caller himself was the shooter of our officer,” Blackwell said at a Friday night news conference.

The chief said Hummons shot 48-year-old Officer Sonny Kim, the first officer to arrive after the 911 calls, and then walked over to where Kim was lying wounded and began struggling with the wounded officer over Kim’s gun. The suspect took Kim’s gun before another officer arrived and a gunfight broke out. Hummons was fatally shot.

Read more on ABC.

Source: abcnews.go.com

Long Beach Police Officer Shot By Fellow Cop In Attempted Murder During Gunfire Exchange

A Long Beach police officer wounded during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect was shot by a fellow officer, police officials said Wednesday.

Investigators determined that a bullet recovered from the wounded officer came from the weapon of another officer, who was shooting at 31-year-old Eric Arroyo on Sunday at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of East Artesia Boulevard, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. He was not identified.

Investigators said additional ballistic evidence showed that Arroyo shot at more than one officer, and police said they still planned to present a case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for a possible charge of attempted murder of a police officer.

Read more in Los Angeles Times.

Source: www.latimes.com

Killing of St. Albert Mountie Prompts Sweeping Review of Bail Process In Alberta

The Alberta government has launched a sweeping review of its bail hearings practices after a repeat offender with violent criminal history shot and killed a St. Albert Mountie in January.

The report into the involvement of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service with gunman Shawn Rehn recommends a further comprehensive review consider who may conduct bail hearings and in what circumstances, what information should be provided in bail packages prepared by police, and how best to ensure accuracy and availability of information, among other issues.

“We need to know if an improved bail process can respect people’s rights, but at the same time, better protect our communities and police,” Justice Minister Kathleeen Ganley said Tuesday after the 49-page report was released.

Read more in Vancouver Sun.

Source: www.vancouversun.com