Police and the community will come together in December to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of Oaklands police officer Sgt Cyril Howe.
Sgt Howe was stationed at Oaklands when he was gunned down on December 20, 1963.
His murder resulted in one of the biggest man hunts conducted in the local area with many people from Yarrawonga and Mulwala involved in the search for his killer.
On December 20, 1963 Sgt Howe was patrolling in Oaklands when he stopped a car driven by William Little who was a suspect for a stealing matter.
Sgt Howe requested Little to drive back to the Oaklands Police Station where he intended to question him further.
Little drove his car towards the police station with Sgt Howe following.
Upon getting close to the police station Little attempted to drive away and was pursued by Sgt Howe.
Little crashed his car into a ditch while attempting to escape.
Sgt Howe got out of his police car and approached Little's car.
At this time Little produced a shotgun shooting Sgt Howe at close range in the stomach.
Sgt Howe returned to his car and fired a number of shots from his pistol.
Sgt Howe whilst dying on the side of the road was able to write Little's name in his notebook indicating Little was responsible for the shooting.
Sgt Howe later died at Wagga Hospital from his wounds.
Little then went to a nearby property where he shot and killed Reginald Hunter a 57 year old bridge builder. Little then stole Hunter’s car.
The next six days saw a massive man hunt for Little with many local people assisting in the search along with offering accommodation for police who had been brought into the area to look for Little.
On December 26, 1963 Little was found hiding in a shed on his property. He had his 14 year old daughter with him.
Upon police approaching the shed Little shot and killed his daughter and then turned the shotgun on himself ending the six day man hunt.
Sgt Cyril Howe was 31 years old at the time of his death and was married with children. Sgt Howe's notebook remains on permanent display at the NSW Police Museum.
A commemorative march marking the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Howe’s death is being planned at Oaklands on December 20, 2013.
"Many local people were involved in the man hunt for Sgt Howe's Killer and we would like to hear from them." said Sgt Churchin who is organising the commemorative day. "We would also be interested in any local paper clippings they people may have to be displayed on the day."
Sgt Churchin can be contacted at Mulwala Police Station on 5743 8099.
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