Two detectives were shot and injured during an armed siege in Dublin, which saw a gunman barricade himself at his home.
The undercover detectives, in their 30s, were shot dead as they investigated reports of gunfire in a housing estate in Clonsilla, Dublin’s Blanchardstown district on Tuesday evening.
Both detectives sustained gunshot wounds to the foot, while one also had a hand injury, during the events at Whitechapel Grove just after 7:30 p.m., according to An Garda Síochána, the Irish Police Service.
Images taken by an eyewitness at the scene show members of the Garda apparently sheltering behind vehicles in the field during the armed confrontation.
Two detectives were shot and wounded during an armed siege in Dublin, which saw a gunman barricade himself at his home in Dublin’s Blanchardstown district on Tuesday evening.
Both detectives sustained gunshot wounds in the foot, while one was also injured in the hand during the events in Whitechapel Grove (Photo: forensic officers at the scene)
Undercover detectives, in their 30s, were investigating reports that gunshots were heard in a housing estate (pictured Wednesday) in Clonsilla, Dublin on Tuesday evening.
In the video, a man believed to be a member of the Garda could be seen transported to an ambulance with a bandage around his foot, apparently from a gunshot wound.
A man in his thirties, believed to be known to Gardai, was arrested at the scene and is being held at Blanchardstown Garda station.
The two guard men are being treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds at Connolly Memorial Hospital.
Guard in civilian clothes and in uniform was responding to reports of gunfire when the suspect barricaded himself inside his home and opened fire on the armed support unit.
Members of the Garda took cover behind a patrol car, which was hit by bullets, before gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and the armed detectives in a standoff that lasted several hours.
Garda units had cordoned off the area around the house and a number of houses were also evacuated for the safety of residents, police confirmed.
Gardai members had gone to the estate when the suspect barricaded himself inside his house (pictured) before firing openly on the armed unit in civilian clothes
Shocking footage taken by an eyewitness at the scene shows Garda members apparently sheltering behind vehicles (left) as a policeman was transported to an ambulance (right)
According to An Garda Síochána, the armed confrontation saw a critical firefighter’s response to an incident set up and an operational commander appointed, while a unit of negotiators and armed support units were present.
It is understood that following “intensive” negotiations, two firearms – an automatic pistol and a handgun – and ammunition were returned from the house shortly after 9:30 pm.
Blanchardstown Gardai continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the critical gun incident, according to Garda.
A Garda spokesperson previously said: “Two Garda members are currently being treated at Connolly Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. “
A media blackout was requested during the incident, which was then lifted shortly after 10 p.m.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he was shocked and deeply concerned to learn that two guards were injured in the line of duty.
“I wish both of them a quick and full recovery, and thank them for their service on behalf of the public,” he said.
“This incident in Dublin once again shows the danger that An Garda Siochana often faces in her efforts to protect and serve the people.
“We should always be very grateful for all the work they do daily on our behalf. “
The scene remained cordoned off Wednesday morning as forensic teams conducted an examination of the area.
Justice Minister Heather Humphreys said her thoughts were with the injured officers and praised all guards involved in the incident.
“I was in contact with the Commissioner of the Garda this [Tuesday] evening, and I am relieved to hear that the situation was settled after negotiation.
“I want to congratulate all the Gardai who made sure there were no more injuries,” she said.
“Shocking incidents like this remind us of the dangers the men and women of An Garda Siochana face every day.
“We can never take for granted their courage and the dedicated service they provide to our communities.
“We must always remember that in wearing the uniform and serving the Irish people, they place our protection and their duty to the State above their own security.
“An investigation into the incident is underway and I urge any member of the public with information or images to contact Garda Station in Blanchardstown. “
Meanwhile, Garda commissioner Drew Harris praised the “bravery” of the two detectives who “put themselves in danger”.
“I want to congratulate all of the guards involved in the success of this gun incident,” he said.
“In particular, the bravery of the two detectives who were the first on the scene.
“It was another in a long line of examples of a gardai putting themselves in danger to keep people safe.
“I want to wish them a speedy recovery.
As the siege involved the liberation of Garda firearms, the incident was referred to the Commission of the Mediator Garda Síochána.
Blanchardstown Garda station appeals to anyone with information to contact the investigation team on 01 6667000 or the confidential Garda line 1800 66 111.