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Suspect in murder of Det Garda Colm Horkan known as a 'nuisance' with history of mental health issues


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The scene in Castlerea, Co Roscommon after a garda Colm Horkan has been fataly injured in a shooting incident.
Pic:Mark Condren
18.6.2020

The scene in Castlerea, Co Roscommon after a garda Colm Horkan has been fataly injured in a shooting incident. Pic:Mark Condren 18.6.2020

The scene in Castlerea, Co Roscommon after a garda Colm Horkan has been fataly injured in a shooting incident. Pic:Mark Condren 18.6.2020

The man being questioned on suspicion of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan has a history of mental health issues and is known to local officers.

The 43-year-old was arrested at the scene at around midnight on Wednesday after Det-Gda Horkan was shot a number of times with his official Garda firearm.

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led up to the fatal shooting but at this stage it is believed the detective approached the suspect and engaged in a conversation with him before the situation escalated.