Gardaí 'Taser' man following four-hour siege
A four hour siege at a house in Mountmellick, Co Laois, ended this afternoon after gardai used a Taser to subdue a 34-year-old man, who had barricaded himself inside.
Officers said they feared that the man, who was armed with a knife, might harm himself.
After negotiations with the man during the incident, gardai became concerned when he issued threats and was seen waving the knife.
Members from the regional support unit forced in the front door and when they were confronted by the man, they used the Taser before taking possession of the knife.
The man, who was alone but lived in the house with his father, was taken from the house and handed over to medical personnel.
He was taken away for treatment at a nearby hospital.
Gardai had been alerted at around 11.20 after neighbours heard screaming and shouting from inside the house.
An on-scene commander was deployed on the street and trained negotiators brought in to talk to the man.
Supt Yvonne Lundon said the man appeared under stress and was dealing with the gardai “in an agitated manner”.
She said that as a consequence of their deployment of resources, the incident had been brought to a successful conclusion.
Supt Lundon said the safety of the man had been their primary concern.