Garda told New Orleans attacker to 'go f*** yourself' before he was shot twice
Garda Brian Hanrahan was shot in the lower back and leg after he refused to hand over his wallet to attacker
An Irish garda that was shot while holidaying in New Orleans is reporting to have told his attacked to 'Go f*** yourself'.
Limerick-based garda Brian Hanrahan was shot in the lower back and leg while socialising in New Orleans on January 27.
Police have identified one of the attackers as Melvin Galle Jr., a 40-year-old black male. They have issued an arrest warrant for the man for 'Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery'.
A seriously injured Mr Hanrahan was saved when a woman came across him because her dog wouldn't stop barking, according to a police report seen by the Irish Daily Star.
The garda is reported to have told his attacker to 'go f*** yourself' when he demanded his wallet, to which his attacked replied, 'You think I'm playing?'.
Mr Hanrahan was then shot twice.
New Orleans Police Department detectives are now asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the second suspect, the alleged shooter. They have released a colour composite sketch of the man and are offering up to $2,500 for information on the two men.
According to the police description, the gunman is a black male, aged in his late 30s or early 40s.
According to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), officers attached to the city's Fifth District received a call about the shooting in the Seventh Ward at approximately 5.40am on January 27.
"When officers arrived, they found the 30-year-old male victim lying in the driveway of a residence with multiple gunshot wounds to the body," a NOPD statement said.
New Orleans Police Department have also released CCTV footage of two men seen in the same block on the morning of the shooting.
Garda Hanrahan is recovering well and has undergone surgery to remove a bullet from his lower spine. His wife Emma Holland, who is also from Killenaule, Co Tipperary, his mother Rose and father Brian Snr are daily visitors at the ILH-Interim LSU Hospital.
Over $5,000 has been collected by various local police departments and agencies to go towards any travel costs or medical bills on behalf of the Hanrahan family.
The local Irish community has also raised funds at different events.