Video: Armed man involved in garda standoff taken to hospital
Man said to be in a critical condition after incident with gardai this afternoon
A man in his 40s was reportedly firing shots at gardai from a house in south Dublin this evening has been taken to hospital.
The man is believed to have been armed with a 9mm pistol. He has been taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s hospital since he is suffering from a head injury.
Gardai say the incident is now under investigation. They have since discounted earlier reports that the man had fired on members of the force.
A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí in Dundrum have been dealing with an incident outside a house at Farrenboley Park, Windy Arbour, Dundrum involving a man in his early 40s."
"The incident commenced today at 3.30pm and was brought to a conclusion at about 5.20pm."
"The man has been removed by ambulance to St Vincent’s hospital suffering from a head injury. The incident is under investigation."
It is not clear how the man's injury was sustained.
Neighbours returning home from work were shocked to find their streets cordoned off as a garda helicopter flew overhead.
A Dublin fire brigade unit was stationed at the entrance to Farrenboley Park, preventing cars from entering or leaving the area as garda patrol cars blocked residents from the street shortly after 4pm.
Dozens of neighbours, many of them schoolchildren returning home from school, stood at the entrance to quiet residential street wondering what was going on.
Independent.ie learned from the man's neighbours that he had been ill for several years with his physical health and his wife had been looking after him.
His father reportedly passed away three years ago and his brother has emigrated, according to neighbours Joan and Graham Nolan.
"It came out of the blue," they said, revealing that hunting was a hobby of the shooter. "This is very strange for him," they added.
A local man in his 40s who has lived in the area his whole life said nothing like this has happened before in the quiet, close-knit community.
"To find this and a helicopter flying around is a bit shocking," he told Independent.ie.
Another neighbour in his 50s said "it's the first time anything like this has happened before."
" I drove up and saw the ambulance, then I saw the Special Branch go in around 4pm," he said.
Many of the residents living in the area are extended families who have lived in the area for generations and everyone knows each other, he said.
"It's appalling," added neighbour Mary Kelly.
"We just heard a helicopter around 3:45pm."