Thursday 14 December 2017

Man surrenders to gardai after siege at parents' home

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

ARMED gardai surrounded a rural farmhouse for 20 hours after a man barricaded himself inside his parents' home.

The siege at Old Boley, Barntown, Co Wexford, ended at around 3pm yesterday when 32-year-old Shay Elliott walked out of the house.

Detectives detained Mr Elliott last night for questioning following the incident.

It is understood the man had been involved in a dispute with his parents, Buster and Katie Elliott, when he called to their home at Old Boley at around 6.30pm on Monday.


Shay Elliott remained inside the farmhouse, which is situated down an isolated laneway in Old Boley, until he surrendered to gardai yesterday.

A heavy presence of armed gardai were at the scene but neighbours said no shots were fired during the incident.

Local gardai were backed up by the Regional Support Unit armed with Heckler and Koch MP-7 submachine guns and Sig semi-automatic pistols, who took up positions around the house.

It's not clear if gardai were in communication with Mr Elliott while he was in the house -- or if he surrendered unprompted.

Gardai put a cordon in place around the scene, but residents from a number of nearby houses were not evacuated.

Locals continued to access their properties but the road was closed until the incident ended. School buses also arrived close to the scene but were diverted away by gardai until after the road re-opened.

Two ambulances arrived in Old Boley just after 3pm yesterday, however, they quickly left before Mr Elliott was escorted by detectives to the local garda station for questioning.

Gardai were reluctant to comment on the siege yesterday, but they issued a statement saying that the incident had been "brought to a conclusion".

A technical examination of the scene was carried out by gardai who photographed the scene and gathered evidence at the Elliott family home.

Neighbours were unaware of a dispute between the son and his parents. However, it is understood that Mr Elliott had been asked to stay away from the home a fortnight ago.

Martin Dunne, who lives near the home, described Buster and Katie Elliott as "very nice people" who were "well-respected" in the area.

The family are Canadian but have lived in Old Boley for many years.

Another neighbour described the Elliotts as a "lovely family".

"It was so quiet last night, I only noticed something was wrong when I saw the garda jeeps going by," said one woman.

Irish Independent

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