1972

25Apr

Creber, John Wilham

Senior Constable, 14772

At about 8.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 25th 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, 12407, of Heidelberg West mistook Creber for the offender and called on him to stop. Creber failed to respond to this 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.