The seven local police officers who began the investigation into the double murder at a Mount McIntyre farmhouse last August have been personally thanked with citations by Police Commissioner Grant Stevens at a private ceremony in Millicent last week.
The police from the Millicent, Penola and Mount Gambier stations responded to a late-night 000 distress phone call. They determined a drunk Pawel Klosowski had shot his son Lukasz and his girlfriend Chelsea Ireland.
On arrival at the farmhouse, officers found Mr Klosowski with a shotgun and other members of his family had sought refuge in an outside shed. Mr Klosowski subsequently pleaded guilty to the murder of the two 19-year-olds and was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 34 years.
A police spokesperson said the actions of the seven investigating officers were worthy of their official certificates of commendation. “The police officers who responded to the terrible tragedy of the Mount McIntyre double homicide were recognised for their courage and operational excellence in the most challenging circumstances,” the spokesperson said.
The presentation ceremony at the Millicent police station was also witnessed by Limestone Coast Superintendent Phil Hoff and Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart McLean. The spokesperson said the three senior police also visited the Penola and Naracoorte Police Stations to engage with officers and staff.
“The Commissioner presented service medals to a number of police officers recognising their diligent ethical service spanning many years,” the spokesperson said. “Commissioner Stevens acknowledged the very key role Limestone Coast Officers have and continue to play in supporting safer communities especially through the continuing challenges of the COVID19 environment.”