Sergeant 1st Class

William Watson RILEY

YEAR OF DEATH

1971

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On 30 September 1971 Sergeant 2nd Class Riley and Senior Constable McDiarmid attended a dwelling in Mimosa Avenue Toongabbie to investigate a report that a man had shot his brother to death at that address. On arrival the Police saw the offender Clarke who quickly ran to the rear of the house. Senior Constable McDiarmid followed the offender while the Sergeant entered through the front door. As the Senior Constable entered through the back door the offender opened fire with a shotgun inflicting a fatal wound. It appears the offender then went back through the house where he also shot and killed Sergeant Riley. Although the Senior Constable was still alive when other Police arrived he died a short time later in an Ambulance on the way to hospital. The offender was shot and killed by Police the same day. Sergeant Riley was born in 1921 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 3 December 1945. At the time of his death he was stationed at Blacktown. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant 1st Class. Sergeant McDiarmid was born in 1932 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 9 July 1956. At the time of his death he was stationed at Blacktown. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant 3rd Class.

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