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Footage released by police showed officers smashing down the doors of the luxury mansion before taking the Irishman away in handcuffs and seizing a gun

Footage released by police showed officers smashing down the doors of the luxury mansion before taking the Irishman away in handcuffs and seizing a gun

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Footage showing the officers smashing down the doors of the luxury mansion

Footage showing the officers smashing down the doors of the luxury mansion

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A gun was found

A gun was found

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The gun

The gun

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A man in cuffs

A man in cuffs

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The Irishman being taken away in cuffs

The Irishman being taken away in cuffs

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Footage released by police showed officers smashing down the doors of the luxury mansion before taking the Irishman away in handcuffs and seizing a gun

This is the dramatic moment a Dublin man was arrested after heavily armed Spanish police smashed down the door of a luxury mansion using a battering ram.

Police carried out the spectacular raids to arrest two British men and an Irishman on suspicion of shooting a "partner-in-crime" following a Costa del Sol drugs dispute.

Footage released by police showed officers smashing down the doors before pinning a bare-chested suspect thought to be the Irishman to the ground and taking him away in handcuffs after seizing the gun used.

The 29-year-old is originally from Dublin but has been living in Spain for several years.

Mugged

He is understood to come from a respectable background and had never come to the attention of gardai while living here.

The other suspects were held at separate addresses where they were also filmed being marched away by elite police.

Officers say the Irishman pretended to help the British gunshot victim by taking him to hospital and assist officers by leading them to the crime scene nowhere near the spot where the gang claimed the injured man had been mugged by Moroccans for his watch.

The shooting on May 25 is said to have left the victim disabled after he was kneecapped in an alleged warning by members of his own gang. The 27-year-old victim is understood to have flown back to the UK.

He did not co-operate with investigators and also told them he was the victim of a mugging.

The weapon used to shoot him, a semi-automatic pistol, as well as a silencer and the blood-specked jersey of the suspect who fired the gun, were seized during the police raids.

The incident was investigated by an elite police unit set up to combat organised crime.

The unnamed Irishman took the victim to A&E at Marbella's Costa del Sol Hospital in the early hours in a high-end car believed to be a Mercedes.

Gardai say they have been notified of the shooting incident and arrests by Spanish police but are not carrying out any parallel inquiries here.

It is alleged that Dubliner began associating with members of a low-level crime gang while living in the Marbella area.

The gang, whose members are mainly British, is suspected of being involved in local drug- trafficking and the shooting resulted from an internal dispute.

"National Police officers have arrested three people suspected of injuring a fourth man with several shots to his legs," a Spanish National Police spokesman said yesterday.

"One of the detainees pretended to have found him injured in the street and even took him to hospital.

"Police have found the pistol used to shoot him, as well as a silencer and 140 cartridges.

"The shooting was a revenge drugs trafficking-related crime that occurred in Marbella.

"The investigation has shown that the alleged authors of the crime and the victim both belonged to the same gang."

Officers are understood to have tracked the vehicles used by the suspects, including the Mercedes.

Blood

The police spokesman said the shooting happened around 6km from where the victim claimed to have been hurt.

"The Irishman accompanied the police to the spot where he said the incident had happened, and he even pretended he was helping investigators look for traces of blood," he said.

"Presuming the investigators would never suspect the person who took the gunshot victim to hospital, it was agreed the weapon used in the crime would be hidden at his home."

All three men have been remanded in prison following a closed court hearing.