A MAN ARMED with an imitation firearm took four staff in a pharmacy in Tipperary hostage during a stand-off lasting more than two hours this morning.
Gardaí say the man entered the shop on Ladyswell in Cashel shortly after 10 o’clock this morning.
Emergency services were alerted to the situation and armed Gardáí from the Regional Support Unit surrounded the building. Trained negotiators were also called to the scene along with local Gardaí from Clonmel, Cashel and Thurles.
The siege ended at around 12.20pm when the suspect went to the door of the pharmacy and a member of the RSU used a taser on him. The man sustained no injuries from the taser. The four staff members are believed to be unharmed.
The man was arrested and is currently being detained at Cahir Garda station in Tipperary.
It is unclear whether he made any demands during the stand-off.