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Heavily armed officers from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) were forced to respond to a siege situation at a Co Dublin home when a man threatened to shoot his father-in-law and other family members with a shotgun.

The incident finally ended after almost two hours at around 11pm on Sunday and the 39-year-old suspect remained in Coolock Garda Station last night where he was being questioned about the unlawful possession of a firearm.

The incident first unfolded at around 9pm on Sunday when gardai received an emergency call about events at the house in Glasmore Park in Swords.

Officers were told that a man was threatening to shoot family members and his father-in-law and that he was extremely agitated and intoxicated.

Armed officers rushed to the scene and evacuated everyone in the house apart from the man who was making threats with a shotgun.

When the family members were taken out of the house, officers were informed that the suspect was in the back garden of the property with a shotgun and that he had 40 gun cartridges.

At this stage, officers decided to call in the specialist ERU.

Meanwhile the 39-year-old man remained in the house as it was surrounded by heavily armed officers.

A garda negotiator spent a number of minutes talking to the man and managed to persuade him to throw the firearm out the front door of the house.

It turned out to be an unloaded double-barrelled shotgun.

A short time after gardai took possession of the shotgun, armed officers stormed the house and the suspect was arrested at 11pm.

An extensive search failed to find any gun cartridges at the property.

kfoy@herald.ie

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