Two detectives were shot and wounded in an armed siege in Dublin, during which a gunman barricaded himself in his home.
The plainclothes detectives in their 30s were gunned down on Tuesday night while investigating gunshots in a residential area of Clonsilla, Dublin’s Blanchardstown neighborhood.
Both male detectives suffered gunshot wounds to the foot, while one also had a hand wound, during the events in Whitechapel Grove just after 7:30 pm, according to An Garda Síochána, Irish police.
Images taken on the spot by an eyewitness show Garda members apparently hiding behind vehicles on the estate during the armed confrontation.
Two detectives were shot and wounded in an armed siege in Dublin, in which a gunman barricaded himself at his home in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin on Tuesday night.
Both male detectives received gunshot wounds to the foot, while one also received a hand wound during the events in Whitechapel Grove (photo: forensic officers on the spot)
The plainclothes detectives, in their 30s, investigated Tuesday evening that gunshots had been heard in a residential area (shown Wednesday) in Clonsilla, Dublin.
The video showed a man, believed to be a member of Garda, being carried to an ambulance with a bandage on his foot, apparently from a gunshot wound.
A man in his late thirties, reportedly known to Garda, was arrested on the spot and is being held at Blanchardstown Garda station.
The two male gardai are being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at Connolly Memorial Hospital.
Plainclothes and Gardai in uniform responded to reports of gunfire when the suspect barricaded himself in his home and fired open fire at the armed support unit.
Garda members took cover behind a patrol car, which was hit by bullets, before gunshots were exchanged between the male suspect and the armed detectives in a patrol that lasted several hours.
Garda units had closed off the area around the house, and a number of houses were also being evacuated for the safety of residents, police confirmed.
Gardai members had gone to the estate when the suspect barricaded himself in his home (pictured) before firing at the armed unit in civilian clothes.
Shocking footage taken by an eyewitness on the spot shows Garda members apparently hiding behind vehicles (left) while an officer was being carried to an ambulance (right)
The armed stalemate saw a critical firefighter’s response to the incident and the appointment of an operations commander, while a negotiating unit and armed support units were present, An Garda Síochána said.
Reportedly after ‘intensive’ negotiations, two firearms – an automatic pistol and small arms – and ammunition were returned from the house shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Blanchardstown Gardai continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the critical firearms incident, the Garda said.
A Garda spokesperson said earlier, “Two Garda members are currently undergoing treatment at Connolly Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.”
A media blackout was requested during the incident, which was later lifted shortly after 10 p.m.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he was shocked and deeply concerned to learn that two gardai were injured in their duties.
“I wish both Gardai a speedy and complete recovery, and I thank them for their service on behalf of the public,” he said.
This incident in Dublin shows yet again the danger An Garda Siochana often faces in their efforts to protect and serve the people.
“We should always be very grateful for all the work they do for us every day.”
The scene remained closed on Wednesday morning as forensic teams investigated the area.
Attorney General Heather Humphreys said her thoughts are with the injured officers and commended all Gardi involved in the incident.
‘I’ve been in touch with the Garda Commissioner about this [Tuesday] evening, and I am relieved to hear that the situation has been negotiated.
“I want to commend all Gardai who were involved in making sure there were no further injuries,” she said.
Shocking incidents like these remind us of the dangers that the men and women of An Garda Siochana face on a daily basis.
“We can never take for granted their courage and the dedicated service they provide to our communities.
“We must always remember that in wearing the uniform and serving the Irish people, they place our protection and their duty to the state above their own safety.
“The incident is now under investigation and I urge any member of the public with information or imagery to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station.”
Meanwhile, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris praised the ‘courage’ of the two detectives who ‘put themselves on the line’.
“I want to commend all Gardai involved in ensuring a successful outcome to this firearms incident,” he said.
“Especially the courage of the two detectives who arrived first.
This was just one more example of Gardai putting himself on the line to protect people.
“I want to wish them a speedy recovery.”
Because the siege the resignation of Garda Firearms, the incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
Blanchardstown Garda Station calls on any person with information to contact the investigation team on 01 6667000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 66111.