BREAKING Garda dies after being shot in incident in prison town

Conor Ganly

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Gardai have confirmed that an garda has died after being shot.

HQ confirmed this morning that the on duty detective was killed during an incident in Castlerea Co Roscommon.

"It is with deepest sadness An Garda Síochána confirms the death of our colleague, resulting from fatal gunshot wounds received during an incident in Castlerea shortly before midnight on Wednesday 17th June 2020," said a statement.

An earlier statement said that Gardaí in Castlerea were investigating the shooting in which their colleague had been shot and seriously injured with life-threatening injuries.

 One man was arrested in connection with this investigation and was detained in Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

The body has been removed from the scene to Castlebar General Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place later today by the State Pathologist. The scene at the junction of Patrick Street and Main Street Castlerea was sealed off pending a forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

As this incident involves an official Garda firearm the incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act.

Like Portlaoise, Castlerea is the location of one of Ireland's jails. There is no indication that the prison was linked to the shooting.

Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan issued the following statement in his capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at the shooting of a Garda member in Roscommon last night and a full murder investigation is underway. 

“The brave Detective Garda who died last night died in the line of duty, serving and protecting the community. His death will cause untold heartbreak to his family, loved ones and all his colleagues in An Garda Síochána across the whole country. It is also a loss to wider Irish society. His heroism and the debt of gratitude which we owe to him and his family will never be forgotten. 

“The women and men of An Garda Síochána serve the whole community and work to keep Ireland safe.  In their everyday duty, they put the welfare of others ahead of themselves, as they work to shield us from harm and to connect our communities.  It is to them that we turn in times of crisis, including during the current pandemic.  All throughout this period, Gardaí have been selflessly working to protect our health and wellbeing, in the best tradition of the service.

“As Minister for Justice and Equality, I convey my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his parents, family and friends and indeed to the whole family of An Garda Síochána," he said.