THE GARDA Ombudsman is investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Drogheda, Co Louth, early this morning.
The dead man fired at least one shot from his car in the direction of a garda patrol car. He later turned the gun on himself.
The body remained at the scene in the car for several hours today in the North Strand area on the town’s quays.
The man was named locally as David Kelly, who was in his 30s and lived at Grangerath on the Dublin Road.
It is believed that he was originally from the town itself and had worked with Drogheda Dairies.
The area was sealed off today as gardai alerted the Coroner’s Office for a postmortem and an examination of the scene.
Officers were trying to piece together the sequence of events surrounding the shooting.
It is understood that earlier in the night, gardai had stopped the car which Mr Kelly was driving.
Soures said that gardai observed a shotgun in the car before Mr Kelly sped away. An alert was issued and gardai were looking for Mr Kelly when they came across him again at |around 5am.
At least one shot is believed to have been fired from the vehicle at that stage.
However it is not known if the shot was directed at gardai.
When the gardai encountered it again, they saw the flash of a gunshot from the car.
It had pulled into the side of the road on the North Strand in the docks area on the banks of the Boyne.
They then saw the victim lying |in the car and alerted emergency services. Gardai did not fire |any shots during the incident.
“A major investigation is under way and the Garda Ombudsman’s office has been contacted to carry out their own inquiry”, said a source.
Senior investigators from the Ombudsman’s Office were already at the scene today.
The Garda Ombudsman said it is looking for witnesses who may have seen a silver Hyundai Santa Fe parked on the North Strand between 5am and 7am.
A spokesman said: "The incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman by the Garda Commissioner in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005.
"The referral was made to the Garda Ombudsman because there had been some interaction between gardai and the deceased prior to the discovery of his body."
The dead man was not known to the gardai in connection with any serious criminal activity.
He was arrested a few months ago in relation to an assault, but no charges were brought against him.