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Frederick John AZGAMI


Frederick John AZGAMI 

aka  Fred

Western Australia Police Force

Regd. #   3854

Rank:  Superintendent – Retired

Stations?, Karratha

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? ? = ? years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour


Died on:  Friday  2 December 2016 at home



Funeral date:  Friday  9 December 2016 @ 2.30pm

Funeral locationBowra & O’Dea Hilton, 1307 Albany Hwy, Cannington WA 6107

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May they forever Rest In Peace


Zagami ( Frederick John):
Fred passed away at home on 02.12.2016.
Freddie was a true gentleman, loving husband to Penny, fantastic dad to Jemal and Natalie, and much loved Poppie to Matthew, Noah, Amy and Daisy.
Poppie, the world is a lesser place without you in it. You have left an indelible mark on the lives of all that knew you. You leave a proud legacy and memories that will be cherished forever.
Rest in peace, our beautiful Poppie.
All our love, Penny, Jemal, Natalie, Damien, Matthew, Noah, Amy and Daisy xxxxxxxx


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Sincere Sympathy to Penny and family .
Fond Memories our childhood and Angwin street East Fremantle

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Fred you were a true gentleman, your kindness and love of life and family will never be forgotten. We will miss you terribly and you will live in our hearts and memories forever. All our love and sympathy to Penny, Natalie, Damien, Amy, Daisy, Matthew, Noah and Jemal. Brian and Rita, Francesca and Marc and Rebekah and Ben

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Life has lost a rare and beautiful man, forever in our hearts
Lots of Love to Aunty Penny, Jemal, Natalie & Family, Mum & Dad, big hugs

Thursday, 8 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Frederick):
Our deepest sympathy to Penny and family on the sad passing of Fred. A respected work colleague over years gone by.
Bill and Pam Carpenter.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred):
A great friend, a devoted family man, liked a joke, a laugh and always ready to help. A good man. You will be greatly missed by many people. CIB and Bunbury Commercial Club Bowls.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred ): Sympathy to Penny and all his family and friends.
Great mate and Colleague.
Bill and Jean Burnett

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred ): Deepest sympathy to Penny and family. An old workmate whose practical jokes will always be remembered.
Jim and Judy Migro

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred):
Our deepest sympathy to dear Penny and family on the sad loss of Fred.
Frank and Gaye Yakas and family

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred):
Our deepest sympathy to Penny and family. Fred will be remembered always. Peter and Barbara Walsh

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred):
A true gentleman. Will always remember our morning teas, talks, jokes and laughter with Walshie and BP. Deepest sympathy to Penny and family.
Graham Wells

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Zagami ( Frederick John):
Farewell to our long-time friend and great mate Fred. We shared many happy times together, from boyhood, through our teen years and throughout our lives. Deepest sympathies to Penny, Jemal, Natalie and families.
Graeme, Don, John and Bruce of the Shack Mob, East Fremantle

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred ): With great sadness, we say goodbye to our respected friend and colleague, Fred. Our deepest sympathy to Penny and family. He will be missed. Offender Review Unit/Prosecuting WA Police.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Frederick ): Our deepest sympathy to Penny, Natalie, Jemal and families on your sad loss. Uncle Freddy, we cherish the love and happy memories you gave us. May the angels embrace you in their wings. Your love and light will warm our hearts forever. Lynette, Tom, Thomas and Jemma.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ZAGAMI (Fred):
Our deepest sympathy to Penny, Jamal, Natalie, Damien, Lorna and Colin. Our thoughts and love to you all on the loss of our dear cousin Freddie. He will be sadly missed. Stephanie, Eileen and families. Always a smile and a joke

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Zagami (Frederick John):
Happy memories of our fun loving “Freddie” taken from us too early.
Our deepest sympathy and love to Penny and family on their sad loss.
He will be greatly missed.
Fred, Wendy and Family

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WA POLICE UNION Members are invited to attend the Memorial Service for our Retired Member Fred John Zagami 3854 at Bowra & O’Dea Hilton on FRIDAY (9.12.2016) at 2.30pm.


Published in The West Australian on Dec. 6, 2016

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Outback shooting link to sisters

Victims ... Colleen and Laura Irwin.
Victims … Colleen and Laura Irwin.
February 1, 2006 – 9:01PM

A convicted rapist shot dead by a police officer in Western Australia was wanted by Victorian detectives over the stabbing murders of two sisters in Melbourne.

Melbourne man William John Watkins, 38, was fatally shot in the chest yesterday after he bashed acting Sergeant Shane Gray on a highway south of Karratha, in WA’s remote Pilbara.

Watkins was pulled over by Sgt Gray on suspicion of stealing petrol, but it emerged today he had a history of convictions for rape and assaulting police.

He was also wanted by Victorian police for questioning over the murders of Colleen Irwin, 23, and her sister Laura, 21, who were neighbours of Watkins in the Melbourne suburb of Altona North.

The sisters were found dead from stab wounds in their home in Millers Road on Saturday evening. They may have been dead since the previous day.

Watkins lived in a block of flats in the same street.

“He (Watkins) is a person of interest in Victoria for a double homicide that happened there last Friday,” WA police Superintendent Fred Zagami, of Karratha police, said today.

However, when he pulled over Watkins yesterday, Sgt Gray did not know the Melbourne man was wanted for questioning over the murders because Victorian police did not issue an alert until this morning, said Supt Zagami.

Watkins was shot when stopped for allegedly speeding away from the Fortescue Roadhouse, south of Karratha, without paying for petrol for his Victorian-registered white Toyota station wagon.

He was killed during an altercation with Sgt Gray, who suffered a broken nose and suspected head fractures.

“We can tell you that at least two shots were fired and at least one of the projectiles struck the person who is deceased in the upper chest area and we are not too sure about the second shot,” said Supt Zagami.

“I have personally spoken to the deceased’s sister and his father in the eastern states and explained to them how the incident has unfolded here.”
Sgt Gray, an experienced officer who trained others in the use of force, was traumatised by the shooting, he said.

“The last thing a police officer wants is to shoot somebody and death results … it’s a split second decision between saving their life or the life of a member of the public.”

Sgt Gray was flown to Perth overnight for treatment but today was still too ill to be questioned.

Both WA and Victorian police called for public help to piece together Watkins’ journey after he left Melbourne.

Police said officers who searched Watkins’ car yesterday found little or no luggage, suggesting he may have fled Victoria in haste.

“The vehicle may have travelled from the WA/SA border at speed over the last few days,” said Supt Zagami.

“With his dark cap and red shirt and dark glasses and tattoos on his arms he should stand out.”

Meanwhile, the parents of Colleen and Laura Irwin said news of Watkins’ death did nothing to ease their grief.

“The Victorian police are still investigating circumstances of Colleen and Laura’s death and will continue to do so,” a family spokesman said in a statement.

“This news does nothing for the grief in Shirley and Allan’s hearts.

“Shirley and Allan would like to thank the Victorian and West Australian police and all involved for the wonderful work they have done to find Colleen and Laura’s killer.”

Watkins’ neighbours said he had lived there for about a year and kept to himself.

Peter Schroder said he passed him in the stairwell occasionally and he was no trouble.

“You would just say `G’day’ and that’s about it,” he said.




Police investigate link between double murder and fatal shooting

PM – Wednesday, 1 February , 2006  18:32:00

Reporter: Nick McKenzie

MARK COLVIN: The family of two sisters murdered in Melbourne says its grief has only been compounded by reports that a man shot dead by police in Western Australia may have been responsible for the brutal double murder.

Victorian detectives are continuing to investigate whether 38-year-old William John Watkins stabbed to death Colleen and Laura Irwin, whose bodies were found in their Melbourne home over the weekend.

Watkins, who is believed to have had a violent criminal history, was shot dead yesterday after an altercation with a policeman in the Pilbara.

Nick McKenzie reports.

NICK MCKENZIE: Over the last few days, relatives of Victorian sisters Colleen and Laura Irwin have begged for the any information that could help them and police understand why the women were murdered.

It now seems likely that some of those answers may lie with a man shot dead yesterday by a police officer in the Pilbara in Western Australia, thousands of kilometres away from the Melbourne home where the girls’ bodies were discovered.

The police officer had pulled over 38-year-old William John Watkins after he’d left a petrol station without paying for his fuel.

An altercation followed, during which Watkins, who had a long criminal history for offences including rape, was shot dead.

It’s believed Watkins may have been driving for days after he’d fled his own residence in the same Melbourne street where the Irwin sisters lived.

This afternoon, West Australian Superintendent Fred Zagami spoke to journalists.

FRED ZAGAMI: We are assisting the Victorian police to… with information being relayed back from here. We are very keen to locate the movements of this person and his vehicle since he arrived in the state.

We believe that he did come in through South Australia somewhere and so we’re very keen to hear from the public of any person that’s seen this particular person or his vehicle in Western Australia.

NICK MCKENZIE: Victorian homicide detectives are continuing to investigate if Watkins is responsible for killing the Irwin sisters, who were both in their early 20s.

A friend of one of the sisters has reportedly said she was concerned she was being stalked, a possibility ruled out by the woman’s father, Allen Irwin, who has said he would have been aware of any such fears.

Today the girls’ uncle, Hugh McGowan, spoke to the media on behalf of the murdered girls’ parents shortly after they’d learned that the man killed in Western Australia was wanted by Victorian police for questioning.

HUGH MCGOWAN: The news that we’ve just had does nothing for the grief in Shirley and Allen’s hearts. Shirley and Allen would like to thank the Victorian police and the West Australian police and all others involved for the wonderful work they are doing to find Colleen and Laura’s killer.

NICK MCKENZIE: Police in Western Australia continue to investigate the incident in which William John Watkins was shot.

It’s believed Watkins may have attacked Acting Sergeant Shane Grey with a wheel brace after the police officer had pulled him over.

Acting Sergeant Grey is recovering in hospital with serious injuries, including possible fractures to his skull and severe facial bruising.

West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says Acting Sergeant Grey was unaware that Watkins was wanted for questioning over the murder of the Irwin sisters in Melbourne.

KARL O’CALLAGHAN: Sergeant Grey was not aware of any alerts. He was responding to a vehicle drive-off on the North West Coastal Highway. That’s all he knew and he intercepted the vehicle to speak to the driver.

MARK COLVIN: West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan ending Nick McKenzie’s report.






Vic Police under fire over suspect alert

The World Today – Thursday, 2 February , 2006  12:40:00

Reporter: Lynn Bell

KAREN PERCY: Police in Victoria are under fire this afternoon for not putting out an all-states alert for a murder suspect who was ultimately shot and killed by a Western Australian police officer on Tuesday.

38-year-old William John Watkins was a suspect in the double murder of two sisters in Melbourne, but only police officers in Victoria had been asked to look out for the man.

Victoria’s Police Assistant Commissioner, Simon Overland, has been defending his force, saying it would not have been appropriate to put out an all-states alert based on the evidence available at the time.

Lynn Bell reports.

LYNN BELL: 38 -year-old William John Watkins has, in the past, been convicted of rape and assault. And from the early stages, he was a person of interest to police investigating the murders of Laura and Colleen Irwin, who were raped and stabbed to death on Friday night.

He lived next door to the sisters, who were 21 and 23, and this morning the Assistant Commissioner for Crime with Victoria Police, Simon Overland, told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, that DNA tests have now been done on blood samples.

SIMON OVERLAND: It was DNA testing of blood samples or blood that had been found.

NEIL MITCHELL: What, of his blood, or victims’ blood?

SIMON OVERLAND: Well, it’s victim blood.

NEIL MITCHELL: So victims’ blood was found in his house?

SIMON OVERLAND: Yes. Well, that will be the allegation, yes. I mean, I make the point that all of this will need to be subject to inquiry here in Victoria, but that’s what will be alleged.

LYNN BELL: A bulletin went out to all police in Victoria at half-past-one on Tuesday, telling officers to detain Watkins if they saw him, and call the homicide detectives. But Victorian police did not notify officers interstate about the investigations.

William John Watkins was shot dead by a police officer in Western Australia on Tuesday morning, after he drove away from a petrol station without paying for fuel.

It’s alleged Watkins hit the officer with a wheel brace when he was pulled over, and Acting Sergeant Shane Gray fired two shots.

Victoria Police’s Assistant Commissioner, Simon Overland, believes detectives in Victoria have handled the case properly.

And he says there was no reason to notify interstate officers earlier in the week.

SIMON OVERLAND: We didn’t have sufficient justification to arrest that individual, we didn’t have sufficient justification to put out a wider message across the rest of Australia, because there was no proper basis for doing so.

It wasn’t until yesterday afternoon, when we got the forensic test back, that he went from being a person of interest to a firm suspect, and we were then in the process of disseminating that information across the rest of Australia when we were then able to make the connection with the events in Western Australia.

LYNN BELL: But Simon Overland says that deciding when to disseminate information is a matter of professional judgement that is open to interpretation.

SIMON OVERLAND: Did we get it right in this case? We’ll never know. I mean, had we actually put that information out into the public domain, and that shooting then happened in WA, you would quite rightly be asking us questions of did we go too early?

It’s difficult in certain circumstances such as this to know did we do… you know, was the right decision made? All I can say to you is that I’m satisfied with the way this matter has been handled.

LYNN BELL: Western Australia’s Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says he believes communication between Victoria and the States was appropriate.

KARL O’CALLAGHAN: Victoria Police, to my knowledge, didn’t become aware this person was travelling until Monday in any event. So by the time those alerts come out it takes some time to do that. So I don’t think there’s any miscommunication, I just think it’s the turn of events.

LYNN BELL: West Australian Superintendent Fred Zagami says timely alerts for police officers, nationwide, are vital.

FRED ZAGAMI: We’d expect around Australia that police, if a person is on the run for a murder, that we put out timely information to protect the community and also the police (inaudible) they have a traffic stop.

LYNN BELL: In Western Australia, Sergeant Gray is recovering from the head injuries he suffered on Tuesday.

KAREN PERCY: That report from Lynn Bell.

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