Shots fired as man arrested following suspected armed robbery and hijacking
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.