A MIDDLE-aged man claimed that he had been beaten over the head with a gun when gardai rushed to the scene of a drunken fight.
The brawl involving three men happened at Kildare Road in Crumlin, south Dublin, at around 10.30pm on Thursday night.
When officers from Crumlin Garda Station responded to the mayhem, they noticed the 53-year-old had a big lump on the side of his head.
It is understood that he did not need hospital treatment.
A short time later, in a follow-up operation, gardai stopped a local man and searched him.
They discovered a pellet gun on him and it was seized and brought to the local station for a technical examination.
No arrests have been made in the case with sources saying that those involved were "full of booze and out celebrating Halloween too early."
The incident is not linked to a number of violent crimes in the Crumlin and Drimnagh areas over the past number of weeks which have involved younger criminals.
Last week, we revealed that two crazed thugs broke into a house in Drimnagh and smashed up its kitchen with a golf club as they issued threats against a dangerous young criminal who is currently on remand in prison.
The two occupants of the house - a 42-year-old woman who lives at the address and a 45-year-old man from Dublin's north inner city watched in horror as the thugs bizarrely focused on smashing up a microwave before leaving the house.
The two men then left the property and were driven away by a third man who was in a waiting car.
The target of that attack has been in jail for a number of months and he has multiple previous convictions including one relating to being a passenger in a stolen car which was involved in a terrifying high speed chase with gardai in Dublin.