At about 7.00 pm on Monday, 15th March, 1920 Constable Taylor attempted to arrest Timothy Joseph Bennett, a returned soldier who had exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Bennett produced a hand gun and fired at Taylor, fatally wounding him.
Bennett was later arrested by a group of townspeople, who held him pending the arrival of police reinforcements.
He was charged with murdering Taylor, and was brought to trial at Bendigo Supreme Court, where the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insanity. He was then ordered to be detained at the Governor’s pleasure.