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Court for man who barricaded himself into parents' house

The incident took place at a house in Sligo on 28 December.

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A MAN WHO was arrested after allegedly firing at officers when barricaded into a house in Sligo is to appear in court today.

The 30 year old man was arrested on Saturday afternoon at approximately 1.30pm at a house on the Strandhill Road, known locally as Scardenmore.

He will appear at a special sitting of Sligo District Court this morning at 10.30 am, charged in relation to the barricaded incident that occurred on 28 December.

On the day of the incident, gardaí were called to the scene just after midnight after receiving a report of suspicious activity at a house on the Strandhill Road.

When they arrived, local gardaí noticed damage to a patio door and saw a man in the house with a firearm.

The man fired at the officers, who retreated to their patrol car and called for backup.

Armed units then arrived at the scene, and the man later discharged further shots. Gardaí returned fired and also used ‘less lethal’ rounds, they said afterwards.

Two cordons were put in place around the house in question and neighbours were moved out of the area.

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The scene was then attended by armed units from the Emergency Response Units, trained hostage negotiators and local units.

The man exited the house at 1.30pm that day, and was arrested.

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