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Clonee shooting George Nkencho was shot six times, post-mortem shows

The family's solicitor, Mr Phelim O'Neill, has asked Gsoc to confirm how many gardaí were in attendance at the scene and how many shots in total were fired by gardaí.

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George Nkencho was hit six times by armed Garda

George Nkencho was hit six times by armed Garda

George Nkencho was hit six times by armed Garda

George Nkencho, who died after being shot by armed gardaí outside his home in Clonee on December 30, sustained six gunshot wounds and not four as previously thought, his post-mortem has found.

The interim cause of death of Mr Nkencho, who had no previous convictions, was found to be two fatal gunshots to vital organs.

The results of the post-mortem were made known by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman to the family on Friday.

An email sent to the family by Gsoc confirmed to them "injuries noted at the post-mortem examination were that it appears that six shots were aimed at the central mass (torso) and of those shots, one went through George's arm and did not go into his chest".

The email goes on to say that "the interim cause of death was two fatal gunshots, which caused damage to vital organs."

A number of events leading up to George's shooting were recorded either on CCTV or by bystanders.

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A sit down protest outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the shooting dead of George Nkencho.

A sit down protest outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the shooting dead of George Nkencho.

A sit down protest outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the shooting dead of George Nkencho.

At approximately 12.15pm on Wednesday, December 30, gardaí responded to reports of a public order incident involving what was described as a male, in his late twenties, armed with a knife at Hartstown Shopping Centre.

Gardaí said that during an incident a male staff member received facial injuries.

Subsequently, a second public order incident was reported at the adjacent Post Office in the shopping centre. Uniform, unarmed gardaí responded and observed Mr Nkencho in possession of a knife.

According to gardaí, George continued to threaten members of the public and unarmed gardaí with the knife. Gardaí said they then followed the male on foot and in vehicles from the Hartstown Shopping Centre towards Manorfields Drive.

During this period gardaí said they engaged with Mr Nkencho and encouraged him to drop the weapon.

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Distraught members of George Nkencho’s family at the scene.

Distraught members of George Nkencho’s family at the scene.

Distraught members of George Nkencho’s family at the scene.

Members of the Armed Support Unit then arrived at a scene in Manorfields Drive.

Gardaí said the Armed Support Unit were also threatened with a knife and implemented a graduated response where the use of less-lethal force options, Taser and OC (pepper) spray, were used in an effort to resolve the incident.

The less-lethal use of force options were unsuccessful, a Garda statement said.

At approximately 12.35pm, a member of the ASU discharged a number of shots from his official firearm shooting Mr Nkencho.

Video footage of the shooting, recorded at a distance, shows George wielding what appears to be a knife and lunging at a member of the gardaí as the shots rang out.

Although five shots could be heard in the video it's now understood the recording started after an initial shot rang out.

Mr Nkencho was treated at the scene by paramedics and transferred to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The incident was referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.

The family's solicitor, Mr Phelim O'Neill, has asked Gsoc to confirm how many gardaí were in attendance at the scene and how many shots in total were fired by gardaí. He has also asked Gsoc to confirm whether "any of the shots entered through Mr Nkencho's back."

The witness who took a widely-circulated camera-phone video of the incident has yet to be interviewed in the investigation and Mr O'Neill is appealing to that person to approach him directly "if necessary, if they are uncomfortable, for whatever reason, approaching An Garda Síochána, or Gsoc".

According to the email sent to George's family, GSOC plans on examining and downloading information contained in the Taser deployed during the incident.

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