A LIMERICK based garda who was shot while on holiday in the United States this Tuesday is expected to make a full recovery.
It is understood that Garda Brian Hanrahan, who is based in Newcastle West, was the victim of an attempted mugging in an incident in New Orleans.
He was holidaying with family members when the incident occurred.
Following the shooting, Gda Hanrahan was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit in a local hospital but sources say his injuries are “not life threatening” and he is expected to make a full recovery.
A garda colleague said they were “shocked” to hear about the shooting.
“He was just over there on a week’s holidays with his father,” the colleague said.
A native of Tipperary, Garda Hanrahan has been based in Newcastle West for a number of years and currently lives in the town. Previously, he was based in Henry Street garda station in Limerick city.
Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, has expressed his horror at the shooting.
“I was extremely concerned and shocked to hear of this horrific incident in New Orleans where I understand the young garda who is based in Newcastle West was holidaying with his father,” he said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time and I join with everyone in Limerick wishing him well and a full recovery from this dreadful ordeal.”
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