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Investigation launched after man shot in face by RSU at checkpoint

Regional Support Unit (FILE PIC)
Regional Support Unit (FILE PIC)

A man was hospitalised after being shot by a garda in Limerick.

The man was shot in the face by a Garda member during a planned Garda operation.

Reports indicate that the individual was hit with a 9mm round. 

While details are only emerging it is understood the gun may have been discharged accidentally.

The incident occurred near Foynes at around 2.30am this morning.

It is believed the man - aged in his 30s - who was injured is from Eastern Europe.

The man was rushed to hospital after the emergency services were called immediately.

It is understood there were a number of gardai in the area at the time.

The offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have been informed of the incident and will now begin an investigation.

The incident was referred to GSOC under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for independent investigation of “any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person”.

The man's condition is reported this morning as stable.

AA Roadwatch area reporting that the Shanagolden/ Newcastle West Rd (R521) is closed at Jobbers Cross due to 'an incident'.

Via Independent