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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Two men arrested in US probe into shooting of garda

TWO men have been arrested by police investigating the shooting of Garda Brian Hanrahan in New Orleans.

Officers in the Louisiana city arrested suspect Melvin Galle Jnr  in relation to the armed robbery and attempted murder of Gda Hanrahan yesterday afternoon.

Limerick-based Garda Hanrahan was shot in the lower back and leg while on holiday in New Orleans on January 27.

He was left seriously injured, but was saved when a woman came across him because her dog wouldn't stop barking, according to a police report.

Garda Hanrahan remains in hospital while his family, including his wife Emma, travelled to be with him.

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Mr Galle was apprehended at about 1:50pm on Laharpe Street according to a statement from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

"Solid police work coupled with cooperation from the community led detectives to identify Galle as a suspect and arrest him just one week after the incident occurred," a NOPD statement said.

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"Through the course of the investigation detectives identified Melvin Galle, Jr as one of the suspects.

"Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating and identifying the second suspect," the statement said.

A police photgraph of Melvin Galle Jnr (40) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan on 27/1/2015
A police photgraph of Melvin Galle Jnr (40) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan on 27/1/2015
Police photofits of suspects (insets) in the shooting of Garda Brian Hanrahan, pictured with his wife Emma.

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Mr Galle's 33-year-old brother Keith was also arrested. Police said that Gda Hanrahan was lured nearly two miles out of the French Quarter before the attack.

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