Shot missed my head by inches, says farmer after gunman kills his dog over land dispute
A man in his 70s has been arrested by gardaí investigating the shooting of a farmer, in which he was injured and his dog died.
The incident is connected to a land dispute.
Farmer John Hayes (65) said the bullet - which fatally wounded his loyal border collie sheepdog Lassie - missed his head "by inches".
Mr Hayes claimed the shot grazed the his shoulder as he went to cut grass on his family's nine acres of farmland at Kildimo, Co Limerick.
Gardaí arrested a man after the shooting, which occurred around 10.45am yesterday.
"I was going up to my farm to cut and manure my field, and then this lad wouldn't allow me up to the field.
"He pulled a gun out of the back of his van and fired a shot at me," Mr Hayes added.
"It shot in through the window of my tractor and killed my dog inside."