Monday 23 October 2017

Man (70s) arrested after farmer shot and dog killed in rural gun attack

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David Raleigh

A farmer sustained gunshot wounds and his dog was killed during an incident on a rural farm this morning.

The shooting occurred around 11am in Killballycasey, Kildimo, Co Limerick.

The victim, aged 65, was attempting to gain access to a field on his tractor when he received a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The man's sheepdog was also shot dead during the incident.

A sister of the injured man said he was "shocked".

"He has a fine laceration to the shoulder. The doctors don't know yet if part of the bullet is still lodged in it," she said.

The man's wife and two children are due to return home later today from a family holiday in Portugal.

"I was out shopping when I got a phone call from a neighbour to tell me there had been a shooting and the dog was dead," the man's sister said.

"I rang my brother and he answered his phone in the ambulance. I started crying."

"He was being very brave but something like this is going to hit him hard later on tonight or tomorrow," she added.

"I'm worried for him," she said.

Gardai have arrested a man in his 70s in connection with the shooting.

Armed gardai responded to the scene and intercepted a man in a vehicle a few kilometres away in Patrickswell.

"We have one person arrested for questioning. He was arrested under the Offences Against the State Act and he's being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act," a spokesman said.

The victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he is being treated for non life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station.

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