Constable

Denis GUILFOYLE

YEAR OF DEATH

1902

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

The Constable was shot by offender Shaw at Redfern whilst attempting to arrest Shaw and another man for passing counterfeit coins. Following an incident involving a storekeeper Constable Guilfoyle had sought the assistance of an off-duty member Constable Maher and after checking several shops the offenders had been in they located them in Shepherd Street. As the two Constables approached the offenders one produced a revolver and shot Constable Maher three times. The offender Shaw then produced a pistol and shot Constable Guilfoyle twice. Constable Maher was to recover from his wounds however Constable Guilfoyle’s wounds proved to be fatal. Shaw later committed suicide after murdering Constable Richard Johnston at St Kilda Victoria on 12 October 1902. The Constable was born in 1859 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 7 November 1885. At the time of his death he was stationed at Redfern.

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