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Sunday 18 March 2018

Shots fired as man arrested following suspected armed robbery and hijacking

Cillian Sherlock

A man in Co Laois has been arrested by gardaí following a suspected armed robbery and hijacking in the early hours of this morning.

A man wearing a balaclava entered a filling station in Mountrath, Abbeyleix at around 12.35am this morning and threatened a staff member with a firearm before leaving with an amount of cash.

Gardaí say that following this incident, the suspect crashed his car outside a house in Derrykearn and a firearm was discharged when the occupants of the house checked on his wellbeing.

The suspect then fled the scene in a car stolen from that house before crashing once again by colliding with a tree 1.5km away.

The suspect was removed to Tullamore General hospital where he is described as being in a serious condition.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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