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Off-duty garda faces down and disarms gun-wielding raider

The garda – a recent Templemore graduate – was threatened at gunpoint after he identified himself as an officer.

AN OFF-DUTY GARDA faced down and disarmed an armed raider at a shop in Dublin yesterday.

It happened shortly before 1.30pm at a convenience store on Oxmantown Road, in the Stoneybatter area.

The garda, a recent Templemore graduate, entered the shop as the robbery was in progress.

After identifying himself as a member of the force, the officer was threatened at gunpoint by the raider.

According to a statement from the gardaí:

The off-duty garda confronted the raider, successfully disarmed him and continued to restrain him until local gardaí arrived.

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No-one was injured in the course of the raid.

A firearm seized at the scene is to be forensically examined. A large kitchen knife was also recovered.

A 39-year-old man is due to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning in connection with the case.

Comments have been closed as the matter is now before the courts. 

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