Gardaí tracking a Lithuanian criminal gang across two counties later shot one of the suspected gang members in the early hours of this morning.
The man, aged 36, was shot with a 9mm round from gun discharged by a member of the Cork-based armed garda wing – the Regional Support Unit (RSU).
Cork gardaí had the gang under surveillance for weeks after they were suspected of carrying out robberies across Munster.
The gang’s movements were been tracked by gardaí following a robbery in north Cork last night.
Officers were conducting a “planned operation”, stated the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
The suspected gang members were eventually stopped by gardaí in West Limerick in around 2.30am this morning.
Cork gardaí had contacted their colleagues in Limerick and requested a checkpoint be set up along the gang’s route, at Jobbers Cross, situated on the isolated Shanagolden to Foynes Road.
When officers moved in to arrest two men in a silver coloured Toyota Corolla a shot was fired from a garda’s gun, hitting the driver in the face.
The man, from Eastern Europe, was rushed from the scene to University Hospital Limerick, where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.
A male passenger, also aged in his 30s, who was travelling in the car, was arrested and taken to Limerick city for questioning by Cork detectives.
He was been held under Section 50 of the Offences Against the State Act.