1975

01Jun

Baum, Lionel Stanley

Sergeant, 13351

At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, 1st June 1975, Sergeant Baum was preparing to set up a road block on the Princes Highway at Cann River when he accidentally killed himself with his own shotgun. The weapon had been on the front seat of his car, and he had picked it up by the barrel and was pulling it towards him when it discharged, severely wounding him in the stomach. He died within 15 minutes. The road block was being set up in response to a false report that a wanted man was in the vicinity. It was later learned that this information had been part of a deliberate attempt to mislead the police and thus allow the fugitive to escape.

02Feb

Wilson, John Howard

Senior Constable, 15354

At about 5.40 a.m. on Sunday, 2nd February 1975, Senior Constable Wilson was driving a police vehicle north in Stud Road, Scoresby, when he swerved to avoid another vehicle which pulled out in front of him. He lost control of the car, which skidded off the road and overturned. Wilson was thrown out of the vehicle and fatally injured.