Sunday 19 November 2017

Garda rammed by stolen car unloads his gun while lying in agony on ground

The scene of the ramming at Balbriggan last night
The scene of the ramming at Balbriggan last night
Gardai conduct a door to door at the scene of the ramming at Balbriggan
Maria Byrne at the scene

A plain-clothes garda had his hip smashed when a stolen car deliberately reversed into him after being trapped in a cul de sac in Dublin.

Despite lying screaming in agony on the ground after being hit, the detective was still thinking about the safety of the public and unloaded his own gun to make it safe while an ambulance raced to the scene.

The drama started at around 11pm on Saturday night when a car was stolen outside a house in Newhaven Avenue in Balbriggan.

But the incident turned serious when gardai in an unmarked car pulled up behind the stolen vehicle in nearby Clonuske Rise.

Witness Maria Byrne described the scenes, which started with her hearing a loud bang and crunching sound outside her home.

"I looked out the door to see what it was, and I could see a man lying on the ground beside a car and he was roaring with the pain," she told the Herald.

"Then the other car, which we found out later was stolen, revved up and sped away from the scene. It was after smashing into the garda car I think.

"The stolen car turned the corner into a cul-de-sac and drove into a wall, and I heard the guy that was in it got out and jumped the wall," Ms Byrne added.

"The woman got out and started to walk away, but then went back to the car to get something from it, and neighbours saw her walking back out the estate past us and the injured garda on the ground, and they shouted to the gardai that the woman had been in the car and she was arrested around the corner.


"She had walked straight past the injured garda."

Meanwhile, locals and gardai were comforting the injured detective as he shouted with the pain.

"He was on his side and they turned him on his back, and me and some of the other neighbours brought out blankets to make him more comfortable, but he was in agony," Ms Byrne added.

"As we rolled him on to his back his gun came out of his holster and was on the ground beside him. I went to pick it up in case someone would take it, but he said to me 'don't touch it, it's loaded'."

"He got the gun and unloaded it himself, and the bullet came out of it. He insisted on doing it himself despite being badly injured."

A Garda spokesman said a man and woman, both in their mid 20s, would appear in court this morning charged in connection with the incident.

He added that two other gardai received minor injuries, one requiring treatment at Beaumont Hospital.

It is understood the garda who was badly injured has since undergone surgery.

Two garda vehicles were also damaged during the incident.

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