Sunday 10 December 2017

Armed gardai arrest man who 'pointed handgun at a garda'

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Ken Foy

Armed garda patrols swarmed Dublin’s south inner city hunting for a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at a garda.

The incident happened mid-afternoon today on Francis Street when a male member of the garda traffic corps stopped a van and reportedly had a gun pulled on him.

The van fled from the scene after the alleged incident.

A male suspect has been arrested and is being brought to Pearse Street Garda Station in relation to the incident.

Detectives inspected a northern registered truck on nearby Thomas Street, before the vehicle was driven away by a member of An Garda Siochana in the direction of Kilmainham garda station.

The entire street was briefly cordoned off with 15 uniformed and armed gardai erecting temporary checkpoints.

Members of the heavily armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) also manned a checkpoint on Francis Street shortly after the incident, with officers pulling over several vehicles that passed through the street.

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