Senior Constable

John Wilham CREBER

YEAR OF DEATH

1972

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

About 8.15 p.m. Tuesday 25 April 1972 Senior Constable Creber was on foot pursuing a burglary suspect across a reserve adjacent to Barkly Place Heidelberg. At this time another policeman Sergeant John Raymond Matthews of Heidelberg West mistook Creber for the offender. Matthews called on Creber to stop. Creber failed to respond so Matthews fired a warning shot which he intended to go over Creber’s head. Instead the bullet struck Creber at the base of the skull and he died a short time later at the Austin Hospital.

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