Sunday 20 May 2018

'It was like a scene from The Negotiator' - Armed gardai called to Dublin stand off

Incident broadcast on Facebook Live

Garda armed support unit Stock picture
Garda armed support unit Stock picture

Cathal McMahon and Ian Begley

The garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) was called on to deal with an incident in North Dublin on Thursday night.

A video has emerged of the heavily armed officers in Hampton Wood, Finglas.

The clip, broadcast by a web user on Facebook Live, shows members with their weapons aimed at a property in the area. A number of regular garda officers were also seen in the clip.

A garda spokeswoman confirmed that the ASU were joined at the location by trained negotiators at around 9pm.

She added: "There has been a successful conclusion to the incident."

A source said gardaí had arrested a man and a weapon, believed to be an imitation, was seized.

One female resident said she couldn't believe it when she saw the heavy police presence in the area.

"You could tell they were taking this situation very seriously as the guards were equipped with Ak47s, Uzis and handguns.

"There were also a few sniffer dogs at the scene."

She said one garda was using a megaphone to try and speak to the suspect.

"He said things like 'step towards the window' and 'we don’t want anyone to get hurt'.

“About 15 minutes later he came out with his shirt off and hands behind his head. The guards then arrested him and put him into a car.

“Thank God no one was injured because something like this could have turned ugly very fast,” she said. 

One man who lives in the area said he came home at around 9pm and saw guards "literally everywhere".

"There were so many people around and it was very frightening.

“The guards were telling everyone to get back into their homes. I had no problem taking their advice because I heard the man in the house had a gun.

“It was like a scene from The Negotiator.

“I never heard of anything like this happening around here before, but thankfully no one was hurt.”

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