Knife-Wielding Man Shot Dead by Irish Police in Dublin

Knife-Wielding Man Shot Dead by Irish Police in Dublin
It is very rare for Gardai officers to use their firearms - Image Source: An Garda Siochana

AN INVESTIGATION is underway following a rare fatal shooting of a knife wielding man by Irish police (Gardai) in West Dublin.

Gardai were called to reports that a man armed with a knife was threatening staff and customers at a shop in Clonee in suburban West Dublin. Initial responding officers were threatened by the man, who fled the scene, spurring Gardai to call for armed reinforcements.


About a dozen officers, including members of the highly trained Armed Response Unit (ARU), were deployed to the usually peaceful area shortly after noon on Wednesday, December 31st. Gardai say they attempted to carry out a “graduated policing response”, whereby non-lethal force is employed during a violent altercation.

These measures were unsuccessful and, at 12:35 PM, a number of shots were fired from an official Garda weapon according to an official Garda press release. The man was struck in the gunfire and treated on the scene by members of the ARU as well as Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics.

He was rushed to Connolly Hospital in nearby Blanchardstown, where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon. An internal police investigation has been launched into the incident.

It is very rare in Ireland that Gardai, who are largely unarmed, kill anyone in their course of duty.

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  1. The Gardai were perfectly right to shoot him dead he had attacked Irish people, I fail to see what business Africans have being in our country anyway.Corrupt politicians like Alan Shatter have paved the way for the replacement of the Irish people in our own homeland through mass immigration by fast breeding aliens like these, an agenda we must stop and reverse if our grandchildren are to have a future worth living in our own land. There is two ways about this, too many Irish people have been taken in by the relentless marxist propaganda.


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