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Shot fired at Gardai after chase

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A GARDA was shot at and three men were arrested on Monday night after Gardai chased a gang believed to be responsible for a spate of recent burglaries across Tipperary and Offaly.
Gardai say the passenger in a black coloured Audi estate car, a vehicle suspected of being used in burglaries across Tipperary and Offaly, fired a gunshot over the head of a Garda detective this Monday after the car was chased at high speed through Kildare.
The Audi car with registration number 151 G was suspected of being involved in a number of burglaries and Gardai have mounted a special operation to track down the gang.
It is believed that the men - part of an organised traveller gang - were involved in a burglary in Tipperary earlier that evening.
Gardai arrested the three men after the getaway car crashed near the Curragh Racecourse and they are being detained at Portlaoise and Tullamore Garda Stations for the firearms incident.
One of the men is a Dublin native while another is from Portlaoise and a Garda spokesman said: "Gardai have arrested three men following a firearms incident at Larch Hill, Monasterevin, Co Kildare last night, Monday November 6.
“At approximately 9.30pm last night Gardai observed a black Audi estate car with a partial registration number 151 G driving at speed through Monasterevin over the draw bridge, main street and on towards the Kildare road..
“This car was observed driving at speed by a number of Garda units. A short time later the black Audi was observed by a Garda unit at a location known locally as Ashgrove, this car was then followed by Gardai.
“It then stopped on the road at Larch Hill. The front seat male passenger exited the car produced what Gardai believe was a shotgun and discharged a shot. No persons were injured during this incident.
“A number of armed Garda units were aware of this incident and at 10..30pm. Gardai from the Regional Support Unit stopped a silver Hyundai car at Pollardstown, Newbridge.
“Three men were arrested in connection with the earlier incident and are currently detained at Portlaoise and Tullamore Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act 1939."

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