Brave garda gunned down by suicide killer

Image of Garda Anthony Golden via the Garda Press Office
Image of Garda Anthony Golden via the Garda Press Office
The scene of the shooting
The scene of the shooting

Garda Tony Golden, a father of three in his 30s, was unarmed when he was gunned down by a well-known dissident republican following a domestic dispute which escalated into an apparent murder-suicide.

The incident occurred between 6-6:30pm yesterday evening, in the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co Louth.

The gunman, named locally as Adrian Crevan Mackin (24), was known to both the gardai and the PSNI as an active member of the IRA.

He gunned down Gda Golden first, then he shot his his partner before turning the gun on himself.

The woman was described as being in a critical condition in hospital last night.

The Herald reports that she reported a previous incident to gardai on Saturday which was being investigated.

Mackin had been questioned about terrorist offences on a number of occasions and was charged with IRA membership before the Special Criminal Court in January.

He had been arrested following a number of searches carried out in Dundalk and Newry as part of a joint garda and PSNI investigation into the activities of dissident republicans. He was subsequently granted bail in the High Court.

Gda Golden was a highly respected member of the force with more than 10 years' service.

Originally from Co Mayo, he previously served in the now-closed Kill O' the Grange Station in south Dublin and was later transferred to Louth.

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my colleague in a fatal shooting incident this evening while carrying out their duties.

"At this time my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire garda service are with his family, friends and colleagues.