A 33-year-old suspect in a kidnapping case was fighting for his life in Tallaght Hospital last night.
It is understood that the man, who shot himself in the head on a Dublin road yesterday morning, has a bullet lodged in his brain.
He was named last night as Anthony Ward who is from Sperrin Road, Drimnagh.
It is understood that he forced a woman into a black Ford Focus car near her home at O'Rahily House flats complex in Ringsend in what was believed to be a domestic dispute following the break-up of a relationship.
He then drove to Crumlin and then to Templeogue before the tragic incident.
The car pulled in at a petrol station on the Spawell Road and the man forced the woman to get out and buy cigarettes.
However, when she was inside the shop, two gardai noticed that she was "injured and highly distressed" and went to her aid.
Mr Ward fled before crashing near the Spawell roundabout. He pointed a loaded gun at the officers before shooting himself.
A garda ombudsman investigator attended the scene of the incident.
Sources said that Mr Ward had lost a lot of blood after the shocking incident.
The woman was reported to be recovering from her injuries. Meanwhile, gardai have appealed for witnesses.