Garda dies following shooting in Roscommon 3 months ago

Garda dies following shooting in Roscommon

A member of An Garda Síochána has been fatally shot in an incident in Castlerea, Roscommon.

In a statement issued at 1am on Thursday morning (18 June), a spokesperson for the Gardaí confirmed that a guard had been shot shortly before midnight in the town of Castlerea.

At 6am, it was confirmed that the guard in question had died.

"It is with deepest sadness An Garda Síochána confirms the death of our colleague, resulting from fatal gunshot wounds received during an incident in Castlerea shortly before midnight on Wednesday 17 June 2020," An Garda Síochána said in a statement.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

A man has been arrested in connection with the investigation, and is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station as of this morning.

An Garda Síochána stated their intention to confirm identity of the deceased once it has been confirmed that all family and relatives have been informed of the tragic occurrence.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that the incident is being treated as a murder. Writing on Twitter, Flanagan said: "Tragic news from Castlerea this morning with the death of Garda in the line of duty. My heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends & all Gardaí. Murder investigation under way."