Monday 23 April 2018

Manhunt stood down for man armed with shotgun on the loose in Cork

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MAN in his 30s has been arrested and a firearm recovered following a major Garda operation in Cork following a domestic disturbance which involved the shooting of a horse and dog.

The man was detained in the Kanturk area following an eight hour Garda operation.

A shotgun was also recovered.

The man was taken to Mallow Garda Station for questioning under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

However, it is expected that he will also be taken for medical and psychiatric evaluation.

The man was detained outside Kanturk shortly before lunch after a major garda search for him.

He was arrested without incident and no-one was injured.

Uniformed gardaí, supported by armed members of the Regional Support

Unit (RSU), had been searching for the individual, who is understood to be in his 30s, after the two animals were shot and killed in the Newmarket area last night.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that another shot may have been fired in the general direction of a vehicle.

The shooting followed a domestic dispute.

The incident was not linked to a feud or any type of criminal incident.

Gardai had appealed to members of the public not to approach the man but to alert officers to his whereabouts if spotted.

The man was repeatedly urged to surrender the firearm and surrender himself so that urgent medical assistance can be provided for him.

The search for the man was focused on woodland outside Newmarket.

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