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Walsh Street Police Shootings, South Yarra, Melbourne, 1988

Walsh Street Police Shootings, South Yarra, Melbourne, 1988

On 12 October 1988, Constable Damian Eyre and Constable Steven Tynan were shot and killed while responding to an early morning report of an abandoned car in Walsh Street in South Yarra, Melbourne. The two men, aged 20 and 22, were ambushed at the scene by armed offenders. Constable Tynan was shot while sitting in the abandoned car, and Constable Eyre was seriously wounded before he was shot in the head with his service revolver.

Police believed the murders were retribution for a number of recent police shootings, and forensic evidence linked the shotgun with several Melbourne bank robberies. The robberies were attributed to a group the police called The Flemington Crew.

One suspect, Jason Ryan, became a prosecution witness in exchange for police protection, and named five men responsible for the Walsh Street murders. Two of the men were fatally shot during police raids, and another four were arrested and tried. However, the prosecution’s case broke down when the wife of one of the accused men refused to give evidence against her husband. All four men were acquitted of murder though two returned custody on other charges.
A car is dusted for fingerprints at the scene of the Walsh Street Killings.

1988 Walsh Street Police Shootings / Forensics check for fingerprints after the shootings.  Picture - John Woudstra.
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A car is dusted for fingerprints at the scene of the...
Generic Pictures of Walsh St.
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Generic Pictures of Walsh St.
Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October 1988
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Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October...
Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October 1988
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Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October...
Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October 1988
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Walsh Street murders, South Yarra, Melbourne, 12 October...
Victor Peirce outside the court for the Walsh Street shooting murder trials.
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Victor Peirce outside the court for the Walsh Street...
WALSH STREET POLICE SHOOTING: Oct 1988.
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WALSH STREET POLICE SHOOTING: Oct 1988.
WALSH STREET POLICE SHOOTING: Oct 1988.
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WALSH STREET POLICE SHOOTING: Oct 1988.
Neg No 88-34739/42  Pub 18-10-1988 . Pic by Cathryn Tremain. 
Hard copy available : (Melb) AUST : LAW : CRIME : SHOOTING : VIC : WALSH ST POLICE SHOOTINGS : OCT. '88.
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Neg No 88-34739/42 Pub 18-10-1988 . Pic by Cathryn...
Daughter Katie (left) and wife
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Daughter Katie (left) and wife
Wendy Pierce on her way
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Wendy Pierce on her way
Above: Wendy Peirce with the car that her husband was shot in. ...

cma021011.001.004   NEWS   Picture by Craig Abraham.
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Above: Wendy Peirce with the car that her husband was...
Family and friends of Jedd Houghton, who was shot by police, protest outside the Coroner's Court in Melbourne , 1990
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Family and friends of Jedd Houghton, who was shot by...
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