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Friday, 11 April 2008

Arrest of an armed man in Limerick city 46 year old who was arrested is alleged to have been in possession of an automatic pistol

Gardai have described last night's arrest of an armed man in Limerick city as significant.A taser gun was used to stun the 46 year old in the Rhebogue area of the city around 10.45pm.He is suspected to have links to one of Limerick`s criminal gangs. It`s the first time a taser gun has been used by gardai.Members of the Emergency Response Unit suspected the man was carrying a firearm as he walked along a road in Rhebogue last night and used a taser gun to subdue him.It`s designed for use in cases where a lethal weapon would otherwise have been used and shoots small darts which deliver an electric shock, designed to stun a person, while
not harming them permanently.
Many Limerick people on the streets believe the use of this type of weapon is necessary.The 46 year old who was arrested is alleged to have been in possession of an automatic pistol and two ammunition magazines.
Gardai are continuing to question him at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.



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