Man being held after shots were fired at Gardaí in Cork overnight

Man being held after shots were fired at Gardaí in Cork overnight

A MAN is being detained at Fermoy Garda Station after shots were fired at uniformed gardaí in an incident late last night.

At approximately 11:40pm last night, Gardaí responded to reports of an incident at Military Road, County Cork.

When Gardaí arrived at the scene, a male suspect discharged a number of shots from a suspected firearm in the direction of uniformed Gardaí.

The man then left the scene in a motor vehicle and a managed containment pursuit operation was led by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU).

The operation ended on the toll plaza on the M8 Northbound shortly after midnight on Saturday, 4th July 2020, when Gardaí from the Roads Policing Unit successfully deployed a stinger device which brought the suspect's vehicle to a halt.

The man exited the vehicle and discharged a firearm at Garda members. Following the use of a less than lethal device by ASU, the male suspect, aged in his early 20s, was arrested.

The man is currently being detained at Fermoy Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

No injuries were reported during these incidents. The M8 Motorway is currently closed in both directions between Junctions 15 and 17 for a technical examination to be carried out. Diversions are in place. A scene is also currently being preserved at Military Road, County Cork.

Investigations are ongoing.

EARLIER

GARDAÍ fired shots during two separate incidents in Cork overnight.

Shots were fired in the Mayfield area and in Fermoy.

A man has been arrested following the incidents, which took place over a half hour period, from around 11.45pm.

A number of shots were fired by gardaí during the course of the incident, and the matter has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, as is standard practice when a garda firearm is discharged.

Nobody was injured but a suspected firearm has been recovered.

The arrested man is being detained at Fermoy Garda Station for questioning.

Following the incident, the M8 motorway was closed in both directions between junctions 15 and 17, and diversions have are in place.

It is second incident when gardaí discharged a firearm in Cork in recent weeks.

One shot was discharged by a garda in May at a checkpoint in Mallow when two men were arrested under drugs legislation.

When a garda does open fire, the incident is always and immediately investigated by GSOC, the independent statutory body that provides oversight of policing in Ireland.

Such firearms incidents accounted for just 5% of referrals to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, according to the most recent report published by the body.


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