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Constables Shot by Burglars

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Constables Shot by Burglars

Post by Karen on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 14:10


Francis Fitzwalter, 36, no abode, and Charles Wilson, 23, of Drummond house, Old Kent-road, were charged at Worship-street police-court on Thursday with shooting two constables. - Police-constable J. Hawkins, 325 H, saw the prisoners behaving in what he thought a suspicious fashion about 4:30 a.m. in Hanbury-street - the scene of one of the "Jack the Ripper" tragedies. Hawkins kept watch, and saw one man mount on the other's shoulders at the window of a public-house. Witness then approached, and the man jumped down, and the pair walked away. The witness followed and inquired what they had been doing, and Wilson replied, "Trying to wake up the pub; we're dry." Witness walked beside the men for awhile with the view of getting assistance, when Wilson suddenly turned and said, "If you come any further I'll shoot you," and without another word levelled a revolver and fired. The bullet passed through the officer's coat, just over the breast, but was stopped by the button of the tunic beneath. Witness blew his whistle, and gave chase. - Police-constable G. Clay, 472 H, took up the story, and said that he heard the whistle and saw the prisoners running towards him in Underwood-street. Finding witness opposing their passage Wilson fired point blank, the bullet embedding itself in witness's hand, where it still remained. Witness, in spite of his wound, gave chase, and prisoners were stopped at the end of the street by other constables. - At this point prisoners were remanded till the 28th inst. at the request of Detective-inspector Divall, who mentioned that both men were well-known as dangerous characters.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, May 25, 1902, page 18

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