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Male Shot on Newport Road

The Garda Ombudsman has been asked to investigate an incident which happened this evening near Newport in Co Tipperary, in which a man died.

The incident is understood to have happened between 8.00 and 9.00 pm and was referred to the Ombudsman by the Garda Commissioner.

The scene of this incident has now been preserved pending the arrival of investigators from the Ombudsman’s office.

It is understood that a male opened fire on Garda officers after being pulled over by a Garda patrol car, which observed him driving erratically. It is also understood that the as yet unnamed male then shot himself. The Gardai in the patrol car on the scene were believed to have been unarmed.

The body of the victim, which still remains at the scene, is believed to be a native of County Limerick, living in Tipperary.

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