'Omeath people crossed the street' when they saw suspect Garda killer Mackin

Adrian Crevan Mackin
Adrian Crevan Mackin

The Sunday World has been told by sources in Omeath, County Louth, where a Garda officer was shot dead while answering a 999 call last night, that locals 'crossed the street' when they saw the murder suspect, Adrian Mackin, walking towards them.

The incident happened after 6pm last night in the Mullach Alainn estate in the town.

It has also been reported that Adrian Crevan Mackin, 24, may originally be from Northern Ireland.

A source in the estate told the Sunday World: "Mackin was well-known, not just in the estate but in the whole area.

"He was your typical dissident republican thug.

"When you saw him walking towards you down the road you'd cross to the other side..."

Father-of-three Garda Tony Golden was in his 30s and was unarmed when he responded to the call.

When Gda Golden arrived on the scene, Mackin shot the officer and his own partner before turning the gun on himself.

Mackin has previously been charged with dissident IRA membership.

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.