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Friday 2 December 2016

Garda and male civilian shot dead, woman injured in incident in North County Louth

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A garda has been shot dead in an incident in North County Louth.

A male civilian has also been shot dead and a woman has been seriously injured.

It is believed the woman is in a critical condition.

It's understood the shooting occurred at approximately 6pm this evening.

It's believed the incident occurred on the Cooley Peninusula near Omeath, Co Louth.

The Garda Press Office issued the following statement: "Gardaí at Dundalk are investigating a shooting incident which occurred at a house near Omeath Co Louth at approximately 6pm this evening, Sunday October 11th 2015. Two people (adult males) have been fatally injured and one adult female seriously injured as a result of this incident."

"We can confirm that one of the deceased was an on duty member of An Garda Síochána."

It's understood the garda was attending a domestic incident.

A neighbour living in the Mullach Alainn housing estate, where the shooting occurred, said there was a "huge garda presence" in the area. Residents were instructed to remain in their homes and have been told that gardai will interview them.

"There's so many gardai here and ambulances as well - I think there are seven ambulances. I don't know how they're all fitting actually."

"I went out and asked the gardai what was going on, and they just said it was serious incident," the resident said.

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