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Off-duty garda in Dublin shop tackles armed raider

The off-duty garda has been praised for his actions
The off-duty garda has been praised for his actions

An off-duty garda has been praised for tackling a raider who was armed with a firearm during a robbery in the capital last night.

The terrifying incident took place at approximately 9.20pm in the Supervalue on Braemor Rd, Churchtown in south Dublin.

Two males, with their faces covered entered the shop armed with what is believed to be a firearm and a machete.

The thugs threatened staff with the weapons and demanded cash, before attempting to flee the premises.

However, an off-duty garda who was in the store at the time attempted to prevent the men from escaping. He managed to tackle one of the armed raiders and assisted store security to detain the thug. The other man managed to flee the scene.

The detained criminal , aged in his late 30s and from Dublin's inner-city, has since been brought to Rathfarnham garda station for questioning. He has a number of previous convictions for theft, assault and public order.

A source has praised the off-duty member of An Garda Síochána for his "diligence" in helping shop security tackle an armed criminal.

"Praise has to be given to the off-duty garda who put himself in harm's way, along with store security, to help detain this armed man. Gardaí are currently in the process of tracking the other raider," the source said.

Gardaí have also recovered the two weapons used in the robbery but the second raider- who is still at large- managed to flee with the sum of cash worth approximately €350.