Garda shoots himself in station

Michael Galvin
Michael Galvin

The sergeant who took his own life in his station in the early hours of yesterday morning had a pending complaint to the garda ombudsman.

Garda sergeant Michael Galvin, who was formally the manager of the Sligo inter-county hurling team, killed himself in Ballyshannon station in Donegal.

The Star reports today that Sgt Galvin was the subject of a relatively minor complaint to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) in recent months.

Reports indicate that the complaint concerned the station where Sgt Galvin was based.

The deceased man has been the duty sergeant at the south Donegal station, meaning he had access to all areas of the station, including the gun cabinet.

The Star reports that Sgt Galvin used an official Garda weapon to take his life after finishing up on Wednesday night.

The father of three was from a well-known family in Sligo.

A full investigation into the incident is being carried out by GSOC and a full post mortem was due to be conducted last night.

Ballyshannon Garda Station was closed to the public all day as a full investigation was carried out by Garda forensic officers.