Zachary Rolfe Full Name Zachary Brian Rolfe BM MBB is an Australian police officer, who has started his service in Northern Territory Police department since December 2016.
Northern Territory Police Constable Zachary Rolfe was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker following nationwide protests. The latest from Alice Springs in 7NEWS at 4pm and 6pm. #7NEWS https://t.co/7aikoVhMUL
— 7NEWS Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) November 14, 2019
|Born||Zachary Brian Rolfe|
|Education||Canberra Grammar School|
|Known for||Hero of Alice Springs flood rescue|
Zachary Rolfe Biography
A former Canberra man – the son of well-known local philanthropists Debbie and Richard Rolfe – has performed two daring rescues in a flood-swollen Alice Springs river just one week after starting with the Northern Territory police.
Officer Zach Rolfe, who graduated dux of his police class in the Northern Territory just over three weeks ago, swam across the raging river multiple times to rescue the two tourists.
Zachary Rolfe Age
Zachary Rolfe is 28 years old
Zachary Rolfe Early life
Rolfe was born to Richard and Debbie Rolfe in Canberra, Australia. He received his education at Canberra Grammar School.
Zachary Rolfe Father
Rolfe is the son of Canberra’s business identities, Richard and Debbie Rolfe.
Richard Rolfe is the director of the Audi Centre in Canberra, a position he has held since 2007.
Zachary, who went to Canberra Grammar School like his father, served in the Army before joining the police in 2016.
Zachary Rolfe Career In Police
Rolfe graduated from the Police Academy on 7 December 2016 and started his first shift on 19 December in the same year.
Zachary Rolfe Alice Springs rescue Story
On 27 December 2016 Rolfe rescued two tourists from Taiwan and from Hong Kong who found themselves stuck in the flooded Alice Springs river, despite the dangerous situation. Rolfe’s selfless action was highly regarded and he was subsequently awarded the Bravery Medal by the Governor-General in March 2018. Acknowledging his gallant contribution to the Hongkongese tourist, the Hong Kong Government awarded him the Order of the Medal for Bravery (Bronze Class), making him the first foreign citizen to receive such honor.
Timeline of tragedy: How did Mr Walker die?
Saturday 7.15pm: Mr Walker is shot by police in his home and rushed to the station
7:30pm: Call for help goes out to medics in Yuelamu, one hour away. Medics had left Yuendumu that day due to fear of break ins after their cars were earlier smashed and robbed
7.42pm: Call goes out to Royal Flying Doctor Service – but a crew did not leave for 50-minute flight due to concerns about finding a safe place to land
8pm: Crowd gathers outside police station. Residents claim to have seen blood spattered across a matress and bullet casings at Mr Walker’s house
8.30pm: NT police Facebook post says officers are dealing with ‘critical incident’
According to the ABC, police lock themselves inside the station and turn off the lights.
8.30pm: Nurses arrive in an ambulance as resident in the crowd outside station says ‘you’re f****** late’
Rocks are thrown at the ambulance, injuring the health workers, according to the NT Health department
9pm: Mr Walker dies
11pm: Residents go to bed praying Mr Walker is alive
Sunday 6.53am: Police announce death
Police say they kept community in the dark due to safety concerns
Police claim Mr Walker ‘stabbed’ officers with an ‘edged weapon’ but did not say what the weapon was.
Why Zachary Rolfe Arrested
NT Police confirmed an officer had been charged with murder on Wednesday night.
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— Tiger Webb (@tfswebb) November 14, 2019
A statement read: ‘A 28-year-old male Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe has been charged with one count of murder. As this matter is before the court, no further information will be released.’
White policeman charged with murder of Kumanjayi Walker identified as Zachary Rolfe https://t.co/50GPl0bLTn
A policeman accused of murdering an aboriginal man in the Northern Territory has been identified as Zachary Rolfe.
The 28-year-old allegedly shot Kumanjayi Walker at Yu…
— Diaz HUB (@DiazHub) November 13, 2019
Fast Facts You Must Need To Know
- Kumanjayi Walker died after being shot at Yuendumu, 300km from Alice Springs
- Mr Walker was taken to a police station but died two hours after he was shot
- Policeman Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder and will face court