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Stock image: Pit bull terrier

Stock image: Pit bull terrier

Stock image: Pit bull terrier

A DOG has died after a garda firearm was discharged twice today during a raid targeting a 'active' criminal figure.

A garda spokesman said officers were attacked by a dog inside a house while they were carrying out a search under a warrant.

A source has told the Sunday World that the target of the raid was notorious criminal in his late 40s.

He previously served a lengthy prison sentence for a violent stabbing in the inner-city.

It is believed the dog - described as Pit Bull/Bull Mastiff breed - was shot twice in the hallway of the home by gardai.

The dog received veterinary treatment but didn’t survive the injuries sustained.

The incident occurred in Coburg Place, Dublin which was being searched as part of an ongoing drugs investigation.

The search was carried out under warrant by the Dublin Metropolitan Region Armed Support Unit with assistance from the Coolock Detective Unit.

A search of the premises uncovered a quantity of controlled drugs with an approximate street value of €5,000. A source has said the drugs seized are believed to be mostly cannabis herb.

The man was arrested at the scene and conveyed to Coolock Garda Station where he is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act (1984).

A garda spokesman said: "During the operation an official firearm was discharged when Gardaí were attacked by a dog inside the house.

"Scenes of Crime Unit have attended the premises to carry out an examination.

"As an official firearm was discharged the incident has been notified to the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission."

The man in his 40s, who was arrested, is set to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice at 10.30am today, February 15.

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