Man sur­ren­dered his firearm af­ter Gle­nealy in­ci­dent

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - BY MYLES BUCHANAN

GAR­DAI were in­volved in a tense stand-off in Gle­nealy last week af­ter they were called out to a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a man with a legally-held firearm.

The dra­matic scenes on Tues­day, March 6, in­volved the armed Garda Re­gional Sup­port Unit and a hostage ne­go­tia­tor was also re­quested.

Wick­low Garda Sta­tion re­ceived a call at 7 p.m. that evening re­port­ing a male in pos­ses­sion of a firearm in­side a pri­vate prop­erty in Gle­nealy vil­lage.

Lo­cal gar­daí im­me­di­ately raced to the scene, while the Garda Re­gional Sup­port Unit was also dis­patched.

All ap­proach roads to Gle­nealy were closed to traf­fic while gar­dai at­tempted to en­gage with the man. The area sur­round­ing the house where the in­ci­dent was tak­ing place was also cor­doned off and sur­round- ed by gar­daí.

The hostage ne­go­tia­tor com­mu­ni­cated with the man for close to an hour be­fore the mat­ter was fi­nally re­solved.

The man in his for­ties then sur­ren­dered his firearm be­fore he was ar­rested and brought to Wick­low Garda Sta­tion for ques­tion­ing. He was re­leased with­out charge and a file is cur­rently be­ing pre­pared for the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions. No weapons were dis­charged dur­ing the dis­tur­bance.

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