Tuesday 16 January 2018

US cops arrest two men over shooting of Irish garda in New Orleans

A police photgraph of Melvin Galle Jnr (40) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan on 27/1/2015
A police photgraph of Melvin Galle Jnr (40) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan on 27/1/2015
A police photograph of Keith Galle (33) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan. New Orleans Police Department have said that Mr Galle is not a suspect in the case.
Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

TWO men have been arrested in relation to the shooting of Garda Brian Hanrahan in New Orleans last week.

Garda Hanrahan was on holiday with his father in the city when the shooting took place.

Wanted: Melvin Galle Jr
Wanted: Melvin Galle Jr

New Orleans Police Department last night made two arrests in relation to the shooting.

Officers took Melvin Galle (40) into custody yesterday afternoon, as well as another man.

Police also arrested Galle’s brother, Keith Galle. The investigation is on-going and detectives have not named Keith Galle as a suspect at this time

Limerick-based Garda Hanrahan was shot in the lower back and leg while socialising in New Orleans on January 27.

He was left seriously injured, but was saved when a woman came across him because her dog wouldn't stop barking, according to a police report.

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?"

Garda Hanrahan remains in hospital.

Detectives are still looking for another unknown person involved in the shooting.

Police previously said Galle was suspected of luring Garda Hanrahan, nearly two miles out of the French Quarter before the attack.

Irish Independent

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