Man shot and killed by gardaí in west Dublin
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Man shot and killed by gardaí in west Dublin

A MAN has died after being shot by gardaí following an incident in west Dublin. 

An investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

The incident occurred in the Manorfield Drive area close the border between Dublin and Meath at around 12:35pm on Wednesday, December 30. 

Gardaí were first called to the scene after receiving reports of a man armed with a knife who was believed to have been threatening staff at a shop in Hartstown. 

According to reports, the man, who is said to have been in his late 20s, fled the shop following the arrival of the gardaí. 

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He subsequently threatened uniformed officers with a knife before heading to his home at Manorfield Drive, which was just a short walk from where the shop was. 

As many as a dozen  gardaí were said to be present during the incident. 

They included several members of the Armed Support Unit, who were also threatened with a knife.  

The suspect was approached using what gardaí describe as a graduated policing response. 

Initially, several less-than-lethal force options were administered in an attempt at resolving the incident. 

However, when these proved ineffective, officers were forced to take more serious action. 

As a result, several shots were fired from an official Garda firearm at around 12.35pm. 

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Though the man was treated at the scene by Armed Support Unit paramedics and Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics he was later pronounced dead at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. 

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission are now investigating the incident.