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Friday 22 September 2017

Former garda is shot on holiday to Brazil

HERO: He chased Brazilian raiders despite gun injuries

A FORMER Dublin garda was shot in the stomach by armed raiders while holidaying in Brazil with his family.

Michael Gibson (38) was on holidays in Aguas Claras with his wife Danielle and 16-month old son Lucas when the attack occurred.

Mr Gibson had been a serving member of the gardai stationed at Blanchardstown in Dublin before he emigrated to Australia where he joined the Australian Police Force for a time before going into business.

He is recovering from the attack at his home in Perth.

The brave dad of one was shot in the stomach by one of three armed raiders. The bullet exited through his back but miraculously did not hit a major organ. Despite his serious injury, Mr Gibson gave chase in a bid to stop the men.

The Gibson family had been enjoying a meal at the All Dublin restaurant bar in the Brazilian city of Aguas Claras when three armed raiders burst in.

Gang

"It was about midnight and we were about to get the bill when these guys came running in with bandanas over their faces. One of them pointed the gun right at my face and told us to lie down on the ground," said Mr Gibson, originally from Abbeycartron, Longford.

The businessman and his family lay on the floor while the gang robbed money and jewellery from terrified diners.

As two of the gang made their getaway, the brave Longford man tried to follow in order to help police track them.

However, a third gang member, who had waited behind, fired at Mr Gibson, hitting him in the stomach.

"I wanted to get some sort of a description of them to give to the police, but what I didn't realise was that there was another fella behind me.

"I just saw him all of a sudden take aim out of the corner of my, so I dived into some tables beside me," he said.

Despite his injury, the former garda, who is now a property maintenance entrepreneur in Perth, didn't give up. "I got up and ran after them and it was only when I lost them going over a fence that I said to myself I had better head back and get an ambulance," he said.

The Irishman was rushed to hospital where they discovered shrapnel from his belt was lodged in his abdomen.

"It was strange as I had three bullet holes in my T-shirt and one in the back," he explained.

The Longford man added that his wife Danielle has been left traumatised.

"She kept telling me to keep my head down. Thankfully, we are fine," he added.

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