July 18, 2024

Teenager armed with shotgun arrested after three-day stand-off with gardai

A teenager has been arrested after he barricaded himself into a house over three days with a shotgun and ammunition.

Nobody else was in the house at the time of the incident, which began at the house in Letterkenny, county Donegal around 5pm on Wednesday.

Gardai today confirmed the incident was resolved peacefully at around 12.30am this morning.

Officers followed protocols for a barricade incident, with the Garda Emergency Response Unit intervening.

A Garda statement said: “At approximately 00.30am 22 February, 2020 the barricade incident was resolved peacefully following a tactical intervention by the Garda Emergency Response Unit. No persons were injured during this operation and a shotgun and ammunition has been safely secured at the scene.

“The male teenager has been arrested and is currently detained under section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a Garda Station in Co. Donegal, where he is receiving medical assessment.

“During the course of this 54 hour protracted barricade incident uniform and plain clothes resources and specialist Garda Crisis Negotiators from Donegal division, were supported by Regional Armed Support Units from the North Western Region and specialist Units from An Garda Síochána Special Tactics and Operations Command (STOC) including Emergency Response Unit (ERU), National Negotiator Unit (NNU) and resources from Garda Headquarters.”

Consultant psychiatrists, the central mental hospital in Dundrum, Tusla staff and Adolescent Mental Health Services are working with family and the wider community.

A media blackout had been observed during the incident at the request of gardaí.

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