Constable

Pashalis (Paul) KATSIVELAS

YEAR OF DEATH

1984

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

About 11.30am on 4 April 1984 Constable Katsivelas was on duty at the Concord Repatriation Hospital where he was guarding a prisoner who was suffering from heroin withdrawal. The prisoner asked to be allowed to visit the toilet so the Constable unlocked one handcuff and with a nurses aide escorted the prisoner to the toilet area. As the prisoner left the toilet cubicle he suddenly leapt at the Constable knocking him to the ground. A violent struggle ensued during which the prisoner seized the Constable’s service revolver and shot him twice in the chest before escaping. Constable Katsivelas died a short time later from his wounds. The offender was later located by other Police and when warned to surrender he shot himself in the head. The Constable was born in 1964 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 13 December 1982. At the time of his death he was stationed at Newtown.

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