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Thursday 16 August 2018

Gardai to interview man following OAP shooting

GARDAI were today seeking to interview a man shot by a pensioner who feared his home was about to be burgled.

Eamon Sutton (82) opened fire because he feared his home in Birr, Co Offaly, was going to be broken into.

An unemployed Polish man, named in reports today as Przemyslaw Kmiecik (24), was shot in the thigh and rushed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore where he had lengthy surgery.

He is in a stable condition.

Superintendent Dave Kavanagh from Birr Garda Station said there have been no arrests but gardai are satisfied that there were just two people involved in the incident.

Mr Kmiecik reportedly told his family from his hospital bed that he has no idea what happened.

His father revealed Przemyslaw does not remember anything about the incident after spending the evening drinking with friends.

Supt Kavanagh said officers will have a clearer picture of what happened after they have interviewed both parties.

The victim was sedated immediately after the shooting so gardai have not had a chance to talk to him yet.

Mr Sutton had been alone in his home in a cul-de-sac in the centre of Birr. He heard a noise at the rear of his house at Wood Row, off Mill Street, and when he looked out, he saw what he believed to be a burglar at the rear entrance to the home.

He then produced a legally held shotgun, went outside and fired a single shot.

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