Gardaí seek witnesses to fatal shooting of Detective Garda in Castlerea

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information following the fatal shooting of Detective Garda Colm Horkan last night in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.


The body has been removed from the scene to Castlebar General Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place later today by the State Pathologist.

The scene at the junction of Patrick Street and Main Street Castlerea remains sealed off pending a forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.


A man, aged in his 40s, was arrested at the scene and remains detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.


As this incident involves an official Garda firearm the incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act.


An Garda Síochána continue to investigate this incident.


Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Castlerea Town Centre area between 11pm and 12:30am on particularly any road users who may have dash cam footage, to contact the incident room in Castlerea Garda Station on 094 962 1635.


Meanwhile, the Justice Minister has expressed his shock and sadness at the shooting.


Charlie Flanagan says he wants to express his sympathy to the ‘parents and family of the brave Garda who died doing his duty serving his community and to the wider family of An Garda Siochana’.


Local Roscommon Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan says the community is in shock this morning: