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Colm Horkan's eye was drawn to a man on the street and he stopped to investigate - he'd probably done the same thing on countless occasions

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Detective Garda Colm Horkan

Detective Garda Colm Horkan

Detective Garda Colm Horkan

The murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is a brutal reminder of the uniquely dangerous and unpredictable nature of police work, where the threat of violence hangs over every working day. 

Shocking atrocities like this tend to occur at the most unexpected time in the least likely location – as if there is a type of place or time for such brutality.

The last thing anyone expects is for a garda to be gunned down late at night in a sleepy country town.