Shocking Murder at Dargaville.
A POLICEMAN SHOT. [per press association.] Auckland, July 30. A dreadful murder was committed this morning between twelve and one at Kaipara. Constable Neil McLeod was shot dead. He was leaving Dargaville district for Auckland, to take up duties elsewhere, and embarked on the steamer Minnie Casey at midnight. On arriving at Mangawhare, half a mile down the Wairoa river, Captain Rawson found a passenger named Robert Funke ashore, using indecent language and brandishing >i gun about. Another constable on board secured the gun and retained it. On the steamer leaving the wharf again, Funke, who had a revolver on him, commenced firing from the wharf. The first shofcpenetrated Constable McLeod's heart. He exclaimed, "My God !" and expired at once. The steamer immediately put back. Certain Dargaville residents armed themselves arid found the murderer still on the wharf. They called on him to throw up his arms. He refused to surrender, and a charge of shot was fired at him, hitting him m the body. He was then made prisoner and conveyed to the lockup. The prisoner narrowly escaped , lynching. Deceased was highly respected, m the district, and was the recipient of a testimonial on leaving. He wn;; a, prominent Mason, and was about 40 years of age. There is great, excitement m Dargaville. ,
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Shocking Murder at Dargaville., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890
Shocking Murder at Dargaville. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890
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