Tuesday 20 March 2018

Gunman left suicide note before attack

Barry Duggan

THE gunman who took his own life after he opened fire on two garda officers with a shotgun and a rifle left a suicide note in his home beforehand.

The funeral of Anthony McMahon (44) takes place in Limerick city today after this week's horrifying ordeal at Newport, Co Tipperary, where Sgt Deborah Marsh and Gda Gerry Brassil narrowly escaped death.

The Irish Independent has learnt that a suicide note was recovered by members of Mr McMahon's family from the small bungalow outside Rearcross, Co Tipperary, where he lived.

It is also suspected that an impending assault charge against the deceased man caused him major anguish in recent days.

Gda Brassil and Sgt Marsh are recovering at their homes following last Monday's gun attack.

After stopping Mr McMahon on suspicion of drink-driving, Gda Brassil had to wrestle with the motorist for control of a shotgun while his colleague pepper sprayed Mr McMahon before he opened fire at them with a rifle.

Both officers are said to have been left extremely traumatised after the shooting incident. Colleagues and friends have called to their homes to comfort them.

Mr McMahon's funeral takes place at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Limerick this morning at 10.

An investigation by the Garda Ombudsman is continuing.

Irish Independent

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