Taken from RTE.ie
Ombudsman to probe Tipperary death
Updated: 08:27, Tuesday, 31 January 2012
A man died from a gunshot wound to the head from one of two weapons he was found to be carrying after he was stopped by a Garda patrol in Co Tipperary last night.
Garda Ombudsman to probe Co Tipperary incident
A man died from a gunshot wound to the head from one of two weapons he was found to be carrying after he was stopped by a routine Garda patrol in north Co Tipperary last night.
Gardai say the man was signalled to stop at Newport shortly after 7.30pm.
He produced a shotgun and a struggle ensued between him and the gardaí during which shots were fired.
The gardaí managed to wrestle the firearm from him but he produced a second gun and another shot was fired which wounded him fatally in the head.
The two gardaí were unarmed.
The Garda Ombudsman is to carry out an investigation into the incident.
A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman said that all of the man's next of kin have not been informed yet.
He said a man in his mid-forties was driving a van erratically so the two gardaí pulled him over.
The man spoke to the gardaí for "some time" before he produced a gun which he pointed at the Gardaí and then "discharged a number of rounds".
The body is still at the scene and investigating officers remained at the scene over night.
The Thurlus - Annacotty Road is closed and will remain closed for the most part of the day.
Tragic for the man involved, and no doubt traumatic for the two Guards at scene, this could have had a very different ending
awful incident and garda management wants to cut armed D/Os i think we need more armed units not less
I agree, although this incident seems to have been a relatively unexpected one, sounds like the lads wouldn't have called for an armed unit initially, and once they had they wouldn't have got one there on time... although I do agree there should be more armed units, like the RSU on a 3 relief and stop disarming the D/O's!
Definite Scott medals in future I think.They were very lucky we could have been looking at a completely different headline this morning.
I'd rather it never happened than be given a Scott medal for it!
Best of luck to the members involved and here's hoping they get any support they need
I don't see the connection or how more armed officers could prevent this type of almost "random" incident.
Fair play to the two members involved in doing their job and putting their own lives at risk in a highly dangerous situation and being witness to the awful turn of events.
our officers dhould be equiped to deal with ANY type of 'random' incident
or atleast have backup available quickly when this type of 'random' incident occurs
remember, the current system in place only works until it doesnt
and when it doesnt work, lives will be lost
This just goes to show that ANYTHING can happen, based on this article the members were even luckier than was originally thought. Good reactions from the members probably saved both their lives.
I'm impressed with the use of the pepperspray. It's still relatively new and easy to forget about in an intense situation like this. The use of it on this occasion could very well have saved their lives by preventing him from taking proper aim.
something about this storey doesnt sit - there are big rumours flying around about what really happened with him and a son of a guard in Limerick. He is from a well respected family never in trouble and he had licence for guns which he seemingly has for years. now you dont get a licence if they thing you are not able.
somthing not right here.
Yeah and Elvis shot JFK...
People go off their rocker sometimes, hard to prevent, even harder to predict, abbeylara was a legally held firearm as well, as was that taxi driver that went on the rampage in the UK not so long ago... People with licences can have break downs (which I'm assuming this was) as much as people without licences.
Yes but the only real solution is to arm the entire force because even if you doubled or trebled the availability of armed response units, the incident at Newport would have had the same outcome. It would appear from reports that it happened in minutes.
I wouldn't be in favour of general arming of the Gardai and I don't think an incident like this warrants it. All Gardai enter service and perform their duty in this knowledge (obviously not the specialist ones).
Even with the Daily Mail headlining that there 200.000 legally held fire arms the number of incidents like this are rare. Thankfully so.
Most Gardaí would have entered with the knowledge that they would have some protections. Numbers are being cut as well as stations being closed. Vehicles are in short supply and there is talk of disarming detectives. Add that to the pitiful sentences being given to Garda killers and assaulters and the case for arming the Gardaí is looking increasingly stronger.