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Tallaght probe Man (20s) arrested as part of investigation into Tallaght patrol car shooting

Gardaí had received reports of an armed person in the area and when they went to investigate, they were shot at.

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Gardaí in Tallaght were shot at while in a marked garda squad car.

Gardaí in Tallaght were shot at while in a marked garda squad car.

Gardaí in Tallaght were shot at while in a marked garda squad car.

A man has been arrested this morning by gardai investigating an incident in Tallaght in July when shots were fired at a Garda patrol car. 

The man, who is aged in his early 20s, is currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.

The incident occurred when a marked Garda patrol car with unarmed uniform gardaí was on patrol in the Rossfield Avenue area at after 2.30am on the morning of July 24.

They came across three males, one of whom was in possession of a handgun and another who had a baseball bat.

“The male armed with the handgun discharged a number of shots towards the Garda patrol car,” gardai said at the time. “One of these shots struck the vehicle. All three men then fled the scene. No gardaí were injured during this incident.”

It later emerged that at least one bullet had struck the bonnet of the marked car.

Sources revealed that gardaí had received reports of an armed person in the area and when they went to investigate, they were shot at.

After the shots were fired, the gunman fled the scene.

A technical examination of the Garda patrol vehicle was also carried out.

While the gardaí were not physically injured, they were said to have been left shaken after the incident.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) said the gun attack highlighted the danger gardaí face while doing their jobs.

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"News of incidents such as this remind us just how dangerous and unpredictable policing can be," a GRA spokesman said at the time.

"We acknowledge the courage and professionalism of the members involved and wish them well after such a traumatic incident."

As a technical examination got underway, gardaí in Tallaght appealed to anyone who has any information or footage (including dash cam) to come forward to them.

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