Kildare people in shock at murder of garda protecting woman

This is the unarmed garda murdered in the gun attack in Co Louth last night. Garda Tony Golden, was responding to a 999 call that a woman felt threatened in a domestic incident in the village of Omeath. The woman was also seriously injured in the hail of bullets and was being treated in hospital. The gunman – named locally as 24-year-old Adrian Crevan Mackin – then turned the handgun on himself, taking his own life. The killing of the courageous young garda caused widespread shock and revulsion including in Co Kildare. It is the same garda division that tragic Garda Adrian Donohoe was killed by bank raiders three years ago. Tributes were paid to the slain officer by his superiors and the government. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said she was deeply saddened to hear of the death of her colleague while carrying out his duties. At this time my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire Garda service are with his family, friends and colleagues," she said. "This incident highlights the unique nature of the job carried out by the men and women of An Garda Síochána, and the dangers they face every day." The series of events which led to the shootings unfolded at a house in the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co Louth, on the Cooley Peninsula around 6pm. Garda Golden, who was in his 30s and married with young children, was confronted by the gunman, who was armed with a hand gun. Mackin, who was on bail for terrorist offences, also shot a young woman before turning the gun on himself. The injured woman was described as being in a critical condition last night and there were reports that young children may have been in the house at the time. "She was a really nice girl. She worked in a salon, to feed her kids. She was doing her best," said a local man.

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