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Kidnap suspect (31) who shot himself in head in front of gardai has died

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The Texaco Service Station near the Spawell Roundabout. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The Texaco Service Station near the Spawell Roundabout. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The Texaco Service Station near the Spawell Roundabout. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A 31-year-old kidnap suspect who shot himself in the head yesterday has died.

A Garda Ombudsman investigation is underway to establish the exact circumstances of his death.

Anthony John Ward from Crumlin in Dublin shot himself in the head as gardai investigated the false imprisonment of a woman.

The incident happened at the Spawell roundabout on the Tallaght by-pass shortly after midnight.

Gardai were made aware that a 32-year-old woman had been dragged from a house in Ringsend by her hair in what was believed to be a domestic dispute following the break-up of a relationship.

She was driven away from the scene across the south city and allegedly assaulted in the car.

Gardai were investigating reports that the man called to a property in the Crumlin area and picked up a handgun.

Later, the car pulled in at a petrol station on the Spawell Road near Tallaght where the man forced the woman to get cigarettes in a shop.

However when she went inside, she spotted two unarmed gardai having a coffee, and they noticed that she was “injured and highly distressed” and went to her aid.

The gardai, from Tallaght Garda Station, then saw there was a man in a car outside waiting for her and went to investigate.

The man drove away at speed and the two officers followed him, but the man’s car crashed near the Spawell roundabout. No other vehicles were involved.

He then got out of the car and pointed a loaded handgun at the unarmed gardai before walking to the central median and shooting himself in the head.

It is understood that he shot himself under the chin as gardai attempted to approach him.

He was taken to Tallaght hospital by ambulance. However, GSOC announced today that the man has died.

GSOC is responsible, under s.102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, for ensuring an independent investigation takes place where death or serious harm has occurred to a person who has been in contact with a garda.

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