Five people arrested after shot fired during Garda search operation in Cork city

Five people arrested after shot fired during Garda search operation in Cork city

Gardaí at the scene this evening in Rochestown after a shot was fired. Five people have been arrrested. Picture: Larry Cummins

Five people have been arrested after a firearm was discharged during a Garda search operation.

The Garda said they are investigating the circumstances of the incident during a search of a premises on Rochestown Road in on Thursday evening.

Gardai attached to Cork City Detective Unit with the support of the Regional Support Unit and the Armed Support Unit conducted the search.

Gardai at the scene of an incident near the Rochestown Inn on the Rochestown Road Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Gardai at the scene of an incident near the Rochestown Inn on the Rochestown Road Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A spokesman for the gardaí said: “During the course of the search a shot was fired, not by a member of An Garda Siochana.

No injuries are reported. 

The five people who have been arrested are being detained at a number of garda stations in Cork city.

A Garda spokesperson said: 

"Gardaí in Cork City continue to investigate the discharge of a firearm which occurred during a search operation conducted this evening, 29th April 2021.

Gardai at the scene of an incident near the Rochestown Inn on the Rochestown Road. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Gardai at the scene of an incident near the Rochestown Inn on the Rochestown Road. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

"As part of the investigation into ongoing criminal activity in Cork City, Gardaí attached to the Cork City Detective Unit with the support of the Armed Support Unit conducted a search of a premises at Island View, Rochestown Road, Co Cork, under the provisions of Section 29 - Offences Against the State Act, 1939.

"While attempting to gain entry to the premises a shot was discharged by the occupants of the premises. The scene was secured by the Armed Support Unit and no injuries are reported.

"The search of the premises resulted in the discovery of two improvised firearms and ammunition alongside and a number of petrol bombs. A number of other weapons including axes, cleavers, hatchets and pikes were also recovered from the premises.

"Four men, (One aged late teens, two in their 20s and one in his 50s) and one woman (aged 50s) have been arrested in relation to this incident and are currently detained under Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act, 1939, at a number of Garda stations in Cork City.

"This investigation is ongoing."

More in this section

Sponsored Content

summersoaplogosml

Catch up on the latest episode of Annie May and the Hit Brigade written and read by  Mahito Indi Henderson.

Add Echolive.ie to your home screen - easy access to Cork news, views, sport and more