Senior Constable

David James RIXON

YEAR OF DEATH

2012

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

Shortly before 0800hr on Friday, 2 March 2012, Senior Constable Rixon from Tamworth Highway Patrol stopped and spoke to the driver of a vehicle at 10-12 Lorraine Street, West Tamworth for the purposes of a random breath test. As Senior Constable Rixon approached the vehicle, the offender drew a firearm and shot him. Senior Constable Rixon was able to return fire from his service pistol, which hit the offender. Senior Constable Rixon was able to place a handcuff on the offender, before he collapsed from his injuries and died at the scene. He was unable to be revived. Senior Constable Rixon joined the New South Wales Police Service as a Trainee on 28 October 1990 and was attested as a probationary Constable at the New South Wales Police Academy, Goulburn on 26 April 1991. He was initially posted to Hamilton Patrol in Newcastle and soon after was posted to Belmont Patrol. He was confirmed as Constable on 26 April 1992. He commenced duties in Highway Patrol at Waratah in the Hunter area on 12 February 1995, and shortly afterwards, on 7 May 1995, he transferred to Gunnedah Highway Patrol. On 14 July 1996, Senior Constable Rixon transferred to Tamworth Highway Patrol, where he remained posted until the time of his death. He was posthumously awarded the Commissioner’s Valour Award.

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