Garda and another person sustain gunshot injuries in incident this morning
GARDAI are at the scene of a shooting in Dublin where a garda and another person have sustained gunshot injuries.
The incident occurred this morning in the Barnwell area of Ballymun in Dublin.
Armed officers from the Emergency Response Unit were supporting unarmed, uniformed local officers in a drugs raid at approximately 6.30am this morning when the incident began.
Early indications are that the garda was shot from inside a property as officers tried to force an entry to a house from a rear entrance. A member of the ERU was shot in the arm. Gardai believe those shots were fired from the house.
When the gardai gained entry, there were further shots fired and a man inside the property was shot. He was hit in the shoulder.
The injuries to the garda and the man are not believed to be life-threatening. Both were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
"The incident occurred during a planned search of a house in Barnwell Drive," a garda spokesman said.
"Two people have been injured, a Garda and male civilian, both were treated at the scene by trained Gardaí and DFB. They have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening."
The area around the building has been sealed off, and armed gardai remain at the scene.
Locals said they not hear the gunshots, but became aware of the situation when ambulances arrived to remove the injured to hospital.
The Garda Ombudsman has been notified of the incident because a gun was discharged by a garda member during the planned operation.
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