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The tree was planted in memory of Senior Sergeant Perry Irwin, officer-in charge of the Caboolture station, who died in August 2003 from gunshot wounds while investigating reports of a gunmen walking in bushland near Tallon Street, Caboolture. The memorial was unveiled on the 5th anniversary of his death. Senior Sergeant Irwin was a police officer at Warra from 1992 to 1995.

On the morning of Friday 22 August 2003, Damien Lawrence Coates, 21 years old, was evicted by his father from the family dwelling after an argument. When leaving the house Coates boasted to his father that he intended to 'shoot down planes and shoot coppers'.

Senior Sergeant Irwin and two Constables arrived at the area to investigate the shots. During a search of the vicinity Senior Sergeant Irwin was walking up an incline into a clearing to get signal for his mobile phone when Coates who was partly hidden in a concrete pit ambushed the officer and fired a volley of shots. Although the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest one bullet struck the officer in the neck and another under the arm through the unprotected side of the vest killing him almost instantly. Mr Coates then fatally shot himself.




Address:Warrego Highway, Warra, 4411
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.927031
Long: 150.916729
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:22-August-2003
Actual Event End Date:22-August-2003


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2008
Front Inscription

           In Memory of 
        Perry Irwin

Police Officer at Warra 1992 - 1995

    Killed in the line of duty 
at Caboolture on 22nd August 2003

Source: MA
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