Cop shot police officer Bill Crews UPDATED


As tragic as this story is, I knew on the day that this is what must of happened by the police reaction and lack of charges, a real sad way to go and tough for the other officer involved, but what a remarkable family Bill Crews has.They showed up at the wake to support him and others who were at the scene, and told them the family did not hold them responsible for his death

A post mortem has confirmed the police department’s worst fears.

It was one of his colleagues who accidentally killed Constable Bill Crews in a shootout in an underground car park last Wednesday night.

It was Sergeant Dave Roberts, the senior officer leading the raid on the Bankstown apartment, who fired the fatal shot.

Police had gone to the Cairds Avenue home with a search warrant entitling them to search for drugs at the unit of Philip Nyugen.

However, Nyugen, who had taken what is believed to be the drug ice, was worried that rival dealers were after him and was already armed when police arrived.

When a group of officers went to the underground car park, Nyugen allegedly fired a shot which hit Constable Crews in the arm.

The 26-year-old trainee detective went down, clutching his arm. But as he regained his footing and stood up, Sergeant Roberts fired at Nyugen.

Tragically, his bullet struck his colleague in the head.

A police source said that Sergeant Roberts was inconsolable in the aftermath of the shootout in the underground car park.

“He had a hunch that it was his bullet which had killed Crews,” the source said.

The sergeant was so upset he had to be sedated the following day.

“He is shattered,” said a senior officer.

“I don’t know if he will ever get over this.”

His colleague said that Sergeant Roberts has an impeccable record and “is the best worker on the floor”.

The family of Constable William Crews said they did not blame a fellow police officer for his death

Now, the family of Constable William “Bill” Crews has demonstrated the same extraordinary bravery their son and brother possessed – publicly embracing the officer who fatally shot him.

Constable Crews’ family met the officer at a wake for the slain policeman on Sunday and assured him they did not blame him for the death.

“Bill was brave and resilient. He would want us to show the same courage as we deal with our personal tragedy and face a new day,” his brother Ben told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Today, police will announce the findings of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Constable Crews.

Although it was a bullet allegedly fired by charged man Philip Nguyen that struck him first in the arm, the officer was accidentally – and fatally – hit in the neck by a bullet fired by a police colleague

It is understood that, pending coronial findings, the initial investigation found the officer was not negligent due to the circumstances of the gunfight in narrow confines.

Constable Crews’ family has been informed of the outcome. They offered the policeman a public show of support at Constable Crews’ wake at Penrith Golf and Recreation Club on Sunday.

The police officer, who is said to be distraught over the events in the underground carpark of a Bankstown unit block last Wednesday night, also met privately with Constable Crews’ family.

Members of the Crews family made a statement in front of all those officers at the wake that demonstrated the special solidarity of the NSW Police family. Constable Crews’ policeman brother Ben, retired policeman father Kel, mother Sharon and sisters Rebecca and Kate embraced the officer.

Ben and Kel Crews then spoke about who they held responsible for the death.

“They stated the only person they hold to account in any way is the crook,” a guest said. “The family have been very gracious and accepting, and they’ve met everyone involved.

“The family have been showing unbelievable strength of character.”

With great pride, the Crews family yesterday told The Daily Telegraph Constable Crews made their lives so much richer.

“He has been a wonderful son and brother and of course a great friend and colleague to others,” his father said.

As the family bands together to prepare for Constable Crews’ funeral on Thursday, it was revealed yesterday his brother, a constable in south-west Sydney, is expected to join the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, the team Constable Crews joined just weeks before his death.

The family yesterday thanked their friends, the police family, media and people across NSW who had “opened their hearts to us”.

11 thoughts on “Cop shot police officer Bill Crews UPDATED

  1. so many questions go unanswered
    1. why was Bill Crews in PLAIN CLOTHES when he was executing a “legal” search warrant?
    2. where’s that stash of drugs they were supposed to search for? why wasn’t Nguyen charged with drug possession at all among the plethora of redundant charges?
    3. if Nguyen was “already armed” by the time they arrived, why did the shootout take place in an underground carpark?
    4. did Nguyen know the “police” (not in uniform!) was executing a warrant?
    5. did the police ever attempt to show him that warrant?
    6. why did they call it a “shootout” why it’s the police doing most of the shooting? 1 shot fired by the drugged man, and the other 5 were fired by “police”
    7. did Bill Crews recently threaten to expose any police corruption?

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  2. Me again,

    Dave Roberts has a history of violence throughout ‘both’ of his policing careers, yes he was forced to resign in the 90’s after badly assaulting a person he had arrested. However was allowed to rejoin.

    His file is littered with assaults and unnecesary use of force. He was never considered suitable to join the detectives due to his wanton lack of expertice in investigation work and inability to properly finalise his ‘cases’ through to Court.

    To hear that Roberts was a ‘Sergeant’ and working in criminal investigations is an absolute joke and an indicator of just how low the NSW Police have stooped to fill the vacancies and account for numbers. Many in policing circles are amazed at just how Roberts was placed into this position with a clear lack of ability and a long history of propensity towards violence ???

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    • Are you serious? I cannot believe you would even begin to think that. David Roberts is an amazing police officer who has dedicated so much of his life to the police, and has won several high standard awards, as well as this, he has been through a lot during the course of his life but how would you know this? He is a member of my family. I know him better than any of you ever would and he is such an amazing person so i would appreciate low lives like you to stop saying these sorts of things when do you not know him at a personal level.
      The NSW police would never put him in this position if he was not ready for it, and the fact that you could even question that is disgusting. This was a tragic event that could have happened to anyone, it was not Roberts fault, it was the crook who created the entire situation. This police officer has been through hell and back and still suffers from the event to this day, you would have no idea how much of a good person he really is.

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  3. Well was Robert’s past and tendencies raised at the inquest by the Coroner ? I bet not.

    Would anyone have allowed their child to work with Roberts had they of known about his long history of well documented over use of force ?

    This bloke was a time bomb ticking and the NSW Police knew about it – he was a ‘high risk’ officer that should never have been in the position he was in.

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    • Are you serious? I cannot believe you would even begin to think that. David Roberts is an amazing police officer who has dedicated so much of his life to the police, and has won several high standard awards, as well as this, he has been through a lot during the course of his life but how would you know this? He is a member of my family. I know him better than any of you ever would and he is such an amazing person so i would appreciate low lives like you to stop saying these sorts of things when do you not know him at a personal level.
      The NSW police would never put him in this position if he was not ready for it, and the fact that you could even question that is disgusting. This was a tragic event that could have happened to anyone, it was not Roberts fault, it was the crook who created the entire situation. This police officer has been through hell and back and still suffers from the event to this day, you would have no idea how much of a good person he really is.

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