Aaron Sherritt had grown up as a close friend of Joe Byrne. The Police actively worked to increase tensions between Sherritt and the Kelly Gang and 4 Policemen were sent to his Hut, their presence convinced the gang he was a traitor. On the 26 June 1880 Sherritt was at home with his wife, her Mother and the 4 policemen. A neighbour, who had reportedly been captured by Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly, called out "Aaron". When Sherritt answered the door, Joe Byrne shot him point-blank in the chest.