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Friday 2 December 2016

Man held after firing shotgun 40 times in armed stand-off at estate

Local residents Stephen and Ann Marie Sinclair and son Mason
Local residents Stephen and Ann Marie Sinclair and son Mason
The scene of the armed stand-off in Tallaght
A damaged window at the scene of the standoff

A man who barricaded himself into a house and fired a gun from inside up to 40 times, has been arrested after finally being talked-down by trained gardai.

The drama began at around 3.30am yesterday morning when the man, named locally as Paddy Kinch (46), was involved in a domestic dispute at the house on Deerpark Square in Kiltipper, Tallaght.

His partner went to the local garda station to report an incident and when gardai called to the house Mr Kinch, started firing randomly from a shotgun.

Local gardai requested armed back-up and a tense stand-off began.

One local woman said Kinch could be heard shouting "I have enough ammo to last me a week" at gardai when they asked him to give himself up.

Crossfire

Loud bangs were heard yesterday afternoon from beyond the garda cordon as the stand-off continued.

Next-door neighbour Stephen Sinclair, who lives with his wife Ann Marie and their five-year-old son, said the shooting started at around 3.30am.

"I heard a noise but didn't know what it was, then there was another," said Stephen who said he heard up to 40 shotgun blasts.

"Then I went out and there was gardai behind a Jeep, then more bangs. There was at least 30 shots during the night and then we asked gardai to help us get out the back and we came out at 10.30 this morning," he added from the scene yesterday evening.

"This guy shot out the windows of the house from the inside. The frames and all are gone," he explained.

"We moved to the back of the house in case there might be some sort of shoot-out and we would be caught in the crossfire. That was our biggest worry," Mr Sinclair added.

Inside the cordon, fire tenders and an ambulance from Dublin Fire Brigade could be seen.

Gardai co-ordinated the operation from a mobile command unit, and several members of different units, including the Emergency Response Unit, could be seen in talks around that vehicle.

A spokesman for the Defence Forces press office confirmed that the Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit had been requested to attend the scene at 9am but left the area some time later.

One man who lives on Deerpark Square said he heard the gunfire.

"There were several shots, and a man was shouting as well. I did not know what was happening," said Isaac Igbinosun.

"It sounded to me like a double-barrel shotgun being loaded and discharged and then reloaded and discharged again," said another man.

Then, shortly after 4pm, there was a garda announcement that the man had been persuaded to leave the house without force.

"A man has now been arrested at scene. There have been no injuries, and a firearm has been recovered," said Supt Peter Duff from Tallaght Garda Station.

"Negotiations lasted a number of hours and have thankfully resulted in a successful conclusion," he added.

"A number of shots were fired, but not directly at gardai. The man came out unarmed willingly in the end and a firearm was later recovered," he explained.

Violence

Kinch, originally from Ballyfermot, is said to have been released from prison in recent months and has only lived at Deerpark for a few weeks.

Neighbours said there had been several rows heard at the property in recent weeks.

Kinch, from Cherry Orchard Avenue, is known to gardai as being involved in drugs and violence.

He is not involved in any major crime gangs or organised crime, but in 2007 he was sentenced to five years for robbing an EBS branch in Crumlin the previous year.

The court heard he carried out the crime with a knife, along with an accomplice, and his share of the proceeds was to cover the costs of his girlfriend's funeral. Kinch has spent a significant portion of his adult life in prison and is looked upon as a volatile career criminal.

He also has convictions for burglaries, the latest being when he was sentenced to four years for a burglary in 2012.

He has more than 27 previous convictions.

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