Tuesday 23 May 2017

Shots fired during raid at Portmarnock Credit Union

TWO shots were fired at Gardaí in a raid on the Credit Union office in Portmarnock in an evening raid that saw two men burst into the branch with a semi-automatic pistol.

At around 5.30pm two men burst through the doors of the Credit Union wearing balaclavas. One of the men was armed with a semi-automatic pistol. The armed raider threatened staff with the firearm and demanded money while his accomplice kept watch at the door. Staff handed over a quantity of cash, understood to be around €2,500 and the two men made their escape onto the street outside where they were observed by a Garda officer on a bicycle. The raiders pulled a parked driver out of his car and hijacked the vehicle, making their escape in the direction of Baldoyle.

Two shots were fired at the garda officer. Soon a Garda patrol car gave chase after the hijacked car was observed on the Moyne Road in Baldoyle and the car was found abandoned in St Samson's estate. A quantity of cash and a handgun have been recovered by gardaí. Nobody was hurt in the dramatic incident. A man was later arrested and appeared in court on Monday charged in connection with the incident. A second arrest was made on Sunday and he appeared in court on Monday afternoon.

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