Detective Constable 1st Class

Victor Donald AHEARN

YEAR OF DEATH

1946

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On 11 August 1946 Detective Constable Ahearn and Detective Constable Bowie waited at Long Bay Gaol to arrest two suspects wanted for break and enter and motor vehicle theft offences. When the two men arrived to visit two female prisoners at the gaol as expected the Detectives arrested them. They then set out to convey the prisoners to Daceyville Police Station with Constable Bowie driving and Constable Ahearn seated in the rear of the vehicle between the prisoners. Shortly after leaving the gaol one of the prisoners produced a firearm and shot Constable Ahearn twice in the side. Constable Bowie quickly stopped the vehicle and when trying to assist his colleague now struggling with the offenders he was also attacked. After assaulting Constable Bowie the offenders escaped though were later arrested. Unfortunately Detective Constable Ahearn died of his wounds before medical assistance arrived at the scene. The Constable was born in 1906 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 8 January 1930.

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