Busi­ness­man caught up in Long­ford shoot­ing

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A BUSI­NESS­MAN from North Cork who went to re­trieve his truck be­ing re­paired in County Long­ford ended up in­volved in an in­ci­dent that saw a garda shoot at a dog, only to hit a man in the leg.

The shoot­ing took place shortly be­fore 6pm on Mon­day at a prop­erty in the Long­ford town­land of Bolie, be­tween Edge­worth­stown and Gra­nard.

It is un­der­stood that an armed garda sergeant ar­rived at the scene af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic called Gra­nard Garda Sta­tion claim­ing that he was un­able to get his van back.

The caller had driven from New­mar­ket to re­trieve the ve­hi­cle, but when he ar­rived in Bolie a con­fronta­tion broke out and gar­daí were called.

Me­dia re­ports said the North Cork man had replied to a Done Deal ad of­fer­ing en­gine re­pairs and when he went to pick up his re­paired truck a row broke out. When gar­daí ar­rived at the scene, the con­fronta­tion be­came more heated and a woman al­legedly “pulled a slash hook” on the Cork man.

A BUSI­NESS­MAN from New­mar­ket who went to re­trieve his van, which was be­ing re­paired - in Co Long­ford - ended up in­volved in an in­ci­dent that saw a garda shoot at a dog and hit­ting a man in the leg.

Sub­se­quently, a garda sergeant in­volved in the con­fronta­tion was un­der armed pro­tec­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing on­line threats. A num­ber of threats ap­peared on­line, ap­par­ently giv­ing de­tails of the of­fi­cer’s ru­ral home as well as com­ments such as “go get him”.

Armed gar­daí were de­ployed to the sergeant’s home on Mon­day night, just hours af­ter the shoot­ing in­ci­dent, as the threats were deemed to be “very sig­nif­i­cant”.

“The sit­u­a­tion is deemed so se­ri­ous that armed gar­daí were de­ployed to his fam­ily home on Mon­day night and this polic­ing plan is on­go­ing,” the source said last night.

The shoot­ing took place shortly be­fore 6pm on Mon­day at a prop­erty in the Co Long­ford town­land of Bolie, which is be­tween Edge­worth­stown and Gra­nard.

The Garda Siochana Om­buds­man Com­mis­sion (Gsoc) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, while the scene of the shoot­ing, in which a 28-year-old man re­ceived mi­nor in­juries to his leg, re­mained sealed off yes­ter­day.

The in­jured man has been named lo­cally as Co Long­ford man Ned ‘Blondie’ Stokes.

Dur­ing the course of the in­ci­dent, it is un­der­stood the garda sergeant dis­charged his firearm in the di­rec­tion of an ag­gres­sive “guard dog” that he felt was about to at­tack him. It is un­der­stood the dog was killed, and Mr Stokes was in­jured dur­ing the same in­ci­dent.

How­ever, it has since emerged that in­ves­ti­ga­tors couldn’t find the dog’s body, and there were claims that the an­i­mal had not been shot.

It is un­der­stood that the armed garda sergeant ar­rived at the scene af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic called Gra­nard garda sta­tion claim­ing that he was un­able to get his van back af­ter it had been re­paired by as­so­ci­ates of Mr Stokes.

The caller had driven to Co Long­ford from New­mar­ket, Co Cork to re­trieve the ve­hi­cle, but when he ar­rived in Bolie a con­fronta­tion broke out and gar­daí were called to the scene.

The in­ci­dent is al­leged to have started af­ter an ad was placed on Done Deal of­fer­ing to re­fit car en­gines. The New­mar­ket man an­swered the ad­ver­tise­ment and a lorry was sent down to pick up his Ford Tran­sit pick-up.

“The re­con­di­tion of the man’s en­gine was fin­ished,” Sonny Stokes told The Ir­ish Sun. ““In to­tal it was go­ing to cost €1,850, in­clud­ing the col­lec­tion.”

Sub­se­quently, the New­mar­ket man ar­rived with his wife in a Toy­ota Land Cruiser.

When gar­daí ar­rived at the scene, the con­fronta­tion be­came more heated and a woman “pulled a slash hook” on the van’s owner, from New­mar­ket.

The weapon was re­trieved but shortly af­ter­wards the garda sergeant dis­charged his firearm, ap­par­ently killing the dog and in­jur­ing Mr Stokes.

Some of the con­fronta­tion was filmed on a mo­bile phone and this footage has been widely cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

There have been no ar­rests so far in the case.

A still from footage on so­cial me­dia of the in­ci­dent.

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