Published Saturday, 28 December 2013
Gardaí arrested the man after he left the house. (© Pacemaker)
Officers were alerted over suspicious behaviour at a house two miles outside of the town, in the Scardenmore area of Strandhill Road just after midnight on Saturday.
Gardaí, who responded to the callout, noticed damage to a patio door and then, saw a man in his 30s carrying a firearm inside the house.
The man discharged the firearm in the direction of the officers, who retreated back to their patrol car.
Gardaí called for back-up and the Regional Response Unit attended the scene a short time later.
Further shots were fired by the man, and gardaí returned fire.
The man barricaded himself into the house and a critical incident was established by gardaí.
An on scene Commander was designated in accordance with barricade incident protocols, a press statement from An Garda Síochána confirmed.
The area was sealed off and a number of houses in the area evacuated while armed units from the Emergency Response Units, trained hostage negotiators and local units attended the scene.
The main Sligo to Strandhill was closed for most of the day, but has since reopened.
“The house is believed to be the family home and no other family members were present at the time,” the gardaí statement continued.
About 13 hours later, at around 1.30pm, the man exited the house and was arrested under the provisions of section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939.
He is currently detained at Sligo Garda Station.
A licensed firearm was recovered from the scene and will now be subject to technical examination.
No one was injured during the course of this incident.
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