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tragedy Justice Minister says shooting of George Nkencho is 'extremely upsetting' as family ask people not to share video

Justice Minister Helen McEntee said gardaí “understand the concerns and the anguish that has been raised” by the shooting, and are engaging with the local community.

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Justice Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

People protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

George Nkencho

George Nkencho

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has described yesterday’s shooting of a man in Dublin as “an extremely upsetting loss and a tragedy for his family”.

There has been an appeal for information into the garda shooting which resulted in the death of George Nkencho.

The 27-year-old was shot in a North Dublin housing estate after members of the gardai responded to reports of a man with a knife in a local shopping centre.

Bullets were fired from an official garda firearm after the man made several threats and an attempt to resolve the situation with non-lethal force failed.

GSOC is now investigating the incident, which Justice Minister Helen McEntee says has shocked many people.

“Yesterday’s events were extremely traumatic for everybody involved,” McEntee said today.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister said: “Obviously, this is an extremely upsetting loss, George’s life. It’s a tragedy for his family and I want to express my sympathies to them and to everybody impacted by yesterday’s events.

“This is not something that we see happen in this country very often, but what will happen now is that there will be an investigation, there will be a GSOC investigation into what happened and what has taken place.”

McEntee said gardaí “understand the concerns and the anguish that has been raised” by the shooting, and are engaging with the local community.

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George Nkencho

George Nkencho

George Nkencho

“I really can’t say anything more than there will be an investigation, the matter will be looked at, but obviously it’s extremely upsetting and traumatic to everybody involved.

“I want to again extend my sympathies to everybody who has been impacted, in particular his family.”

Meanwhile, George Nkencho's family has asked people not to share video of the fatal shooting.

In a statement, Mr Nkencho’s sister Gloria said her brother was “suffering from serious mental illness and those who knew him know the type of person he was, he was not a thug nor a criminal”.

“Thank you all for your condolences and prayers. My siblings and I have witnessed the most traumatic experience of our lives as our brother was shot in front of us.

“My family greatly appreciate everything everyone is doing. I kindly ask to refrain from sharing the video of the shooting. It is not something I wish to be reminded of.”


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