On 12 October, 13 hours after Jensen’s death, at 4:39am, Constables Tynan and Eyre were operating a divisional van from Prahran police station when called to an abandoned Holden Commodore left in Walsh Street, South Yarra. While the officers were examining the vehicle, they were ambushed by armed offenders. Constable Tynan was cut down with a shotgun while sitting in the car, and Constable Eyre was seriously wounded. Constable Eyre, despite suffering serious injuries, is thought to have struggled with the attacker until another person approached him from behind, managed to remove Eyre’s service revolver from its holster and shot him in the head with it.
Police believed members of a Melbourne armed robbery gang had organized the murders. In the period up to April 1989 there had been an unusually high number of fatal shootings of suspects by police. The killings of the two police officers were viewed by many as a form of payback by members of the Melbourne underworld.
Mazenod College has a tradition to pay homage and respect to Constables Tynan and Eyre in a whole school assembly to be held on Friday 11th October 2019 @ 11.45am in the Provence Centre. All welcome.Back to news