Gardaí confirm triple shooting as murder suicide

October 12, 2015

Two men, one of whom was an on-duty member of An Garda Siochána, died in a multiple shooting incident in Omeath, Co. Louth yesterday (Sunday) evening.

The horror unfolded around 6.00pm when Gardaí from Omeath Garda Station attended a reported domestic dispute at a house in Mullach Alainn.

Responding to a call from a woman, when the officers arrived at the scene, shots were fired and a Garda was fatally wounded.  A second man was also shot dead while a woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition with gunshot wounds.

The slain Garda was a married man aged in his 30s and lived in Blackrock, Co. Louth with his wife and three young children.

At the time of going to press, details of the horrific incident were still emerging, however locals reported that the injured female is the 21-year-old partner of the alleged gunman who shot her and the Garda before turning the weapon on himself.

It is believed the couple are originally from the Newry area and had recently moved to Omeath with their young family, although it is thought the children were not present in the house at the time of the shooting.

In the follow up investigation, the housing estate was put under lockdown with residents told not to leave their homes and the crime scene was preserved for forensic examination as Gardaí confirmed the incident is being treated as a murder suicide.

The PSNI expressed sympathy with their southern counterparts and pledged to “lend any assistance or support required”.

Meanwhile the body of a woman was discovered in a house in Kilmorey Street, Newry on Sunday afternoon.  Police said they are investigating a sudden death at the property, which was reported to them at 2.00pm, and it is unrelated to the incident in Omeath.