Tributes to garda killed in the line of duty: 'Colm served the communities he worked in with distinction and pride'

Tributes to garda killed in the line of duty: 'Colm served the communities he worked in with distinction and pride'
Detective Garda Colm Horkan was shot and killed last night

THE garda detective killed in a shooting incident in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, last night has been named as Colm Horkan. 

Det Garda Horkan died after receiving gunshot wounds shortly before midnight last night.

It has been reported that the detective's official firearm was taken from him during an altercation and a number of shots were fired at the garda.

A man in his 40s was arrested a short time later. 

The shooting happened near Castlerea Garda Station on the main street in the town.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said this morning: "I am deeply saddened by the death of my colleague Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of all personnel in An Garda Síochána, are with the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan at Castlerea Garda Station and the Detective Unit he served in.

"Colm served the communities he worked in with distinction and pride during his 24 years as a member of An Garda Síochána.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

"Detective Garda Colm Horkan is the 89th member of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty. 

"Today is a terrible reminder of the significant sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, that Gardaí make to keep people save.

"I want to thank the local community in Castlerea and the country as a whole for the support they have shown to An Garda Síochána and individual Gardaí even in the short time since the incident."

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are now the subject of a major garda investigation

The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination and the State Pathologist's Office has been informed.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar extended his sympathies to the family and friends of the Garda.

"Every day our gardaí put themselves on the frontline of crime prevention, on behalf of all of us. This requires regular acts of bravery and courage," said Mr Varadkar.

"Sometimes the outcome is tragic and a Garda makes the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their duties."

Jim Mulligan, president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), said: 

"On behalf of the GRA, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of our colleague fatally shot in the line of duty in Castlerea.

“Our brave colleague died as result of injuries sustained when he was responding to an incident. He was based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, in the Castlerea District.

“A native of Co Mayo, he joined An Garda Síochána in 1995, and was an experienced detective greatly respected by colleagues.

“He is survived by his father, sister and four brothers.

“Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very distressing time."

Labour Party Justice spokesperson Seán Sherlock said: “I am shocked, and deeply saddened to hear this morning of the fatal shooting of a Detective in An Garda Síochána in the Castlrea area of Co. Roscommon last night. I want to extend my sympathy to his family and friends.

"This will be a huge shock to the local community and members of our police force. We stand in solidarity and sadness today with An Garda Síochána. 

"In particular I am conscious of the profound trauma this will be to the his family members, and they are in our thoughts this morning.

"The shooting of a member of an Garda Síochána is an attack on the community."

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