Man arrested after exchange of gunfire with gardai in Sligo

Armed stand-off ends peacefully after man barricaded in house surrenders

Gardai at the scene of the incident on the Sligo to Strandhill Road in Sligo this morning. Photograph: James Connolly

Gardai at the scene of the incident on the Sligo to Strandhill Road in Sligo this morning. Photograph: James Connolly

Sat, Dec 28, 2013, 17:51

A man has been arrested after a 12-hour stand-off in Sligo during which he exchanged gunfire with gardai.

The incident started just after midnight after gardaí received a call regarding suspicious activity at a house just over 2kms outside Sligo town on the Strandhill Road.

When they arrived at the house a man in his thirties fired one shot from a shotgun at the officers who retreated to their patrol car and requested assistance from armed units.

When armed officers arrived, the man fire further shots and gardai returned fire.

The man then reportedly barricaded himself into the house. Gardai set up a cordon and officers from the Emergency Response Unit and trained hostage negotiators were called to the scene.

A number of houses adjacent to the house were evacuated and the main Sligo to Strandhill Road was closed.

The area remains sealed off to facilitate a technical and ballistic examination.

The stand-off ended at 1.30pm when the man left the house and was arrested.

He has been brought to Sligo Garda station for questioning. No one was injured in the incident.

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